LS Jonathan Roy totes the big Navy Boot during the HMCS Charlottetown's relay team's stop in Alberton Tuesday in support of Run4Wishes. Proceeds support the work of the Children's Wish Foundation.
ALBERTON -- There is a “friendly competition” among the four navy ships’ crews in Atlantic Canada that raise money for the Children’s Wish Foundation acknowledges Lt (N) Jennifer Power.
Power is the coordinator for Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown’s eleventh annual Run4Wishes from one end of P.E.I. to the other. The run got underway at North Cape Tuesday morning and the relay team is intent on covering P.E.I. form tip-to-tip and arriving in Charlottetown on Friday. Along the way team members are accepting donations in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation, which seeks to grant wishes for children who have life –threatening illness.
In the first 10 years of the run, HMCS Charlottetown has raised $279,000 for the cause, and the four ships combined are getting very close to a milestone amount.
“We’re hoping to break the million dollar mark this week on the Island. We’re just under,” Power announced.
Power said HMCS Charlottetown is not the top ship in fundraising, but pointed out the crew has a small destination from which to collect.
“We have one of the smaller destination, but, definitely, we have the most heart and most enthusiasm here on the Island,” she commented.
The biggest winner is the children LS Jonathan Roy on the reason for the HMCS Charlottetown's 11th annual Run4Wishes
“We always try to give each other a run for it,” added Power, admitting the friendly competition helps motivate all the teams to raise funds for the cause.
“The biggest winner is the children,” stressed LS Jonathan Roy. Roy was the carrier of the run’s mascot for the opening day of the P.E.I. run, the big Navy boot. It’s an effective mascot, he said, as it captures the interest of observers, some of whom might not otherwise know about the cause.
Fourteen members of the HMCS Charlottetown crew took part in Tuesday’s relay run while six more were involved in staffing barbecue fundraisers and selling raffle tickets on a flight for two to any Westjet destination. Those fundraisers were taking place at five Sobeys locations on P.E.I., and the proceeds were being added to the total.
Runners generally take turns running solo 10K relays but the whole group gets out to run to specific destinations, such as through Alberton to a reception at Town Hall on Tuesday.
“We tell a (runner) ‘you have 10K and you only have an hour,’” said Power, noting runners keep on schedule so that they can arrive at pre-determined destinations on schedule.