Run For Mom raises $22,000

Participants at this year’s Run For Mom in Chilliwack raised more than $22,000 for Chilliwack General Hospital on Saturday.

Participants taking part in this year's Run For Mom head out at the start of Saturday's race. The event raised more than $22

Participants at this year’s Run For Mom in Chilliwack raised more than $22,000 for Chilliwack General Hospital on Saturday.

The annual Mother’s Day event, now in its 17th year, raises money for the purchase of equipment for CGH’s maternity ward.

This year nursing staff at the hospital identified an infant warmer as this year’s goal. With a purchase price of around $20,000, the unit can now be bought, participants heard.

Since its inception, the event has raised more than a quarter-million dollars for CGH through the Fraser Health Care Foundation.

This year organizers added a few changes. The distance for the chip-timed run was increased to 10km from 8km. And the date was changed from Mother’s Day to the day before.

The start and finish location was also new. It began at the old parade ground at Canada Education Park. Nearly 250 participants chose between the 5km run/walk, or the 10k run. Both distances followed along the scenic Rotary Trail.

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