Organizers of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend today announced that the Canadian Red Cross has joined the roster of charities for which runners can raise funds as part of the weekend’s Scotiabank Charity Challenge. The funds raised at Race Weekend will be directed to the efforts related to the Alberta fires.
“Like everyone in Canada, I’ve been watching the devastation in Northern Alberta and wondering what I could possibly do to help,” said John Halvorsen, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend Race Director. “Then I thought of the kind of impact 50,000 runners could make.”
The Run Ottawa team reached out to the Canadian Red Cross late last week, and offered to bring them on board as a participating charity in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Within hours, the Canadian Red Cross was added to the list.
“Thanks to the fast and generous response of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend team, thousands of runners have the opportunity to help the Red Cross support Canadians who have just lost everything in the devastating fires,” says Conrad Sauvé, president and CEO, Canadian Red Cross.
Now it’s up to the close to 50,000 anticipated runners at Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend to play their role.
How runners can get involved:
– Register for an event: Register for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend on the Run Ottawa website.
– Fundraise: Once registered, sign up for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross or another participating official charity.
– Donate: Visit the Scotiabank Charity Challenge to select Canadian Red Cross and make a one-time donation.
“At Scotiabank, we applaud Run Ottawa for joining Canadians across the country in doing all we can to help with the rescue and relief efforts underway,” said Carole Chapdelaine, Senior Vice President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario at Scotiabank. “In addition to providing on the ground support for customers and others affected by the fires, Scotiabank proudly donated $200,000 to the Canadian Red Cross. Our thoughts remain with those impacted by the recent events in Fort McMurray and surrounding communities.”
Last year, runners at Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend raised more than $800,000 for 40 local and national charities participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. This year, organizers are expecting that number to reach $1 million.