O’Leary’s Run for Light set for Sunday

Eric McCarthy
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O’LEARY -- For 32 years Norman and Joyce MacDougall and their business, Greenspot Auto Sales, have been sponsoring O’Leary’s Run for Life, an annual fundraiser and awareness event for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. 

Joyce MacDougall, left, and Norman MacDougall, second right, present O’Leary councillor Blake Adams and recreation program worker Sam Sweet with bicycles the MacDougalls are putting up as door prizes for O’Leary’s 32nd annual Run For Light. This year’s event goes Sunday, June 29, at 7 p.m.

“We’ve been standing behind it, because the community has stood behind our boys,” said Norman. He’s referring to the couple’s sons, Darren and Darcy, now both in their 30s.

The young men were born blind. Besides the community support they’ve received, they have also benefitted from many CNIB programs over the years.

The Run for Light has always been well attended in O’Leary. Last year there were more than 120 participants in attendance.

The MacDougalls have been putting up a bicycle as a door prize every year. Once the run turned 30, they put up two bicycles and, this year, they have three. Young children can enter a draw for the smaller bike. There’s one for older children and also a draw for an adult bike. There will also be other door prizes up for grabs.

This year’s Run for Light will be held Sunday, June 29. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. at the O’Leary Town Hall. The run will leave from there at 7 pm. Proceeds from the $5.00 per person, $10.00 per family registration fee will support the work of the CNIB. Glow sticks will be provided. Participants will return to the town hall at the end of the run for a free barbecue and the door prize draws. 

Organizations: O’Leary Town Hall

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