On their way from Sydney to Yarmouth, crew members of the HMCS Halifax made their way through Pictou County running to raise money for Children’s Wish Foundation, Nova Scotia Chapter, to help make a wish come true for a certain Wish child.
The group of eight runs 10 km each and every day, running a total of 80 km each day, in a relay-style run to raise money for this year’s Wish child, Charlee Routledge from Cape Breton, who has cyctic fibrosis.
“We all have kids and this is the 15th year for our ship,” said Petty Officer 2nd class Lawrence Settle. “We all have kids or a connection to Children’s Wish.”
The shipmates are not usually runners, but they do train a bit before the big run in preparation.
“This year was more challenging for us because we had a very busy sailing schedule,” Settle said.
Their ship docked on a Thursday and they began the run the following Tuesday. Along the way, the fundraisers added that they have had some help from hotels as well as Dartmouth Dodge which donated vehicles for the runners, complete with decals to promote the cause.
Settle added that the heat and hills have made the past week a hard one for the runners, leaving them to space out when they can run to mornings and evenings to avoid the intense heat. Between getting run times and distances in they also took time to stand outside businesses and in the community collecting money for the cause in big water jugs to fill with cash from supporters.
With last year’s run raising almost $35,000 to grant wishes to children between the ages of three and 17 with life-threatening illnesses, the monetary goal for this year is the same. The group stood at the doors of Sobeys in Stellarton on June 30 collecting donations toward their cause for a few hours. With the scorching heat on the weekend, the runners were glad to have a couple hours in the shade to cool off and have some fun.
During their runs, they also often stop at local legions and meet up with Wish children from the local area and talk to them about the wish they are hoping for or that has already been granted.
Since 2003, HMCS HALIFAX has raised over $250,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation, Nova Scotia Chapter.
From left, Leading Seaman Kevin Miller, Petty Officer 2nd class Patrick Braye and Petty Officer 2nd class Lawrence Settle stand at the Stellarton Sobeys collecting donations for Children’s Wish Foundation. (Brimicombe photo)