More than 200 runners and walkers help celebrate AGH’s Birthing Center in the ninth annual Women’s Health Run
The Ninth Annual Almonte General Hospital Women’s Health and Birthing Center Run/Walk was held Saturday morning with more than 200 walkers, runners and volunteers raising approximately $30,000. The event, which featured three different courses: 3K, 5K and 10K, took participants through the beautiful town of Almonte near the Mississippi River and started and ended behind the hospital and mansion Fairview. Some runners and walkers participated virtually between September 3 and September 9 and submitted their time and funds online.
“We are thrilled to be the presenting partner of the Almonte General Hospital Women’s Health Run in support of the birthing unit and women’s health,” said Mary-Lou Vandervaart, co-owner from Carleton Place Canadian Tire. “We live in this community and this birth unit is where the next generation of our family, the families of our team, the families of our customers and our neighbors will be born,”
“These funds will help the Foundation fund urgently needed equipment at our birthing center and support women’s health care,” added event committee chair Julie Munro. “Over the years, Run supporters have helped the hospital purchase ultrasound machines, fetal heart monitors, operating room lights and a specialized baby scale. This year’s funds will help fund Pander warmers during labor 1 and the operating room, an epidural pump, and several Vital Signs devices.
New this year, the top individual, individual and team fundraisers received the first Margaret Duncan Memorial Best Fundraiser Award. A longtime Mississippi Mills resident, Margaret was a tireless hospital and mansion booster who competed and supported the race last year, but died earlier this year at the age of 94. This year’s first recipients were Tina McLelland, who raised $2,639 and the Country Roads team, comprised of Foundation board member Jesse Lowe, Mary-Ann Tiffany and Chris O’Connor, who collectively raised $4,058. Members of Margaret’s family were on hand to present the awards during the event’s closing ceremony.
Prizes were also awarded to the top two men and women in all timed events. Official timetables for all participants are available at: www.runninggoattiming.com/results
This year’s event also includes an online auction well supported by local traders. You can still bid on items until Sunday, September 11. Please visit Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor Foundation | BiddingForGood Fundraising Auctions
In addition to Canadian Tire (Carleton Place), other partners contributed to the success of the event: Westview Projects, Almonte Civitan Club, Orchard View by the Mississippi, Kevin Frost, Art & Helen Levi, Union 108, Kris Parsons, Joanne Beaton, Lanark Springs Water, BrokerLink Insurance, Dock Master and Clearwater.
A recent survey by Abacus Data found that nearly 8 in 10 Ontario residents I did not know that while the Ontario government funds the operation of hospitals, the government does not provide funding for replacement or new clinical equipment. The AGH FVM Foundation works with the community through events and activities like the AGH Run for Women’s Health to raise the necessary funds for the hospital and mansion to purchase the medical equipment needed. they urgently need it. For more information on hospital or mansion support, visit: www.almontehospitalfoundation.com or call 613-256-2500 ext. 2296