An annual run that raises money for the maternity department at Chilliwack General Hospital brought in thousands of dollars throughout the week leading up to Mother’s Day.
Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation’s (FVHCF) week-long Run for Mom – which was held virtually due to the pandemic –brought in more than $6,000 this year.
“We are grateful that the community still came together to support this event, despite it not going ahead in person,” said Liz Harris, executive director with FVHCF.
Folks had from May 1 to 8 to complete their five-kilometre run or walk, and the money that was raised came not only from participants but from sponsors as well.
“Our sponsors always add to the success of Run for Mom and we are thankful for their help,” Harris added.
Although the run is finished, fundraising is still going on.
“We are excited to announce the Run for Mom raffle, to help contribute more funds for our maternity here at CGH,” Harris said.
The first raffle prize is a Supercycle Pathway women’s comfort bike, and second prize is an assortment of gift cards. To buy tickets, go to fvhcf.ca/runformom. The draw date is June 7 at noon.
Since 2000, Run for Mom has raised more than $450,000 to purchase equipment such as: fetal monitors, infant resuscitator, labour delivery bed, oxygen analyzer, glidescope, jaundice meter, isolette, specialized surgical table and more.
The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation raises funds for vital equipment and programs funded or endorsed by Fraser Health. The foundation serves the communities of Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Hope, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.