If your New Year’s resolution wasn’t enough to get you into shape, maybe it’s time to bump up your training with a commendable goal in mind: the annual Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10k race. Funds from the event to be held on Sunday April 24 this year will benefit Oakville’s Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children.
Last year’s event raised over $220,000 for Lighthouse. Their current location on 82 Wilson Street is ‘bursting at the seams’. “Funds raised through the efforts of the MB10k will help to make the new space at 2522 Rebecca Street a reality, and will help to nearly double the available capacity for children and families in need,” says Melissa Perry, Lease/Finance Portfolio Retention Manager at Mercedes-Benz Oakville.
Don’t dash home after the race; lots of activity is happening during and after the race itself. “We were fortunate to be able to include many of our marketing partners and supporters including Appleby College, which has been the host site since inception,” says Perry. The day will draw 3,000 participants, plus spectators and supporters. In addition to the 5km and 10km Run/Walk events, the MB10k also offers the National Bank Financial 5km School Challenge, the 1km Junior Jog, the Booster Juice 300m Toddler Trot, the Mascot Race, and the Appleby College Family Fun Zone.
In case you need more incentive to participate, Mercedes-Benz Oakville is offering a fabulous grand prize: yes, one lucky 5k or 10k racer will win a one-year lease to a 2016 GLA 250. And to support the fundraising drive, Expedia CruiseShipCentres in Oakville is offering an Azamara Club Cruise to one lucky fundraiser.
Join in! Just register online, train as hard as you can, and raise as much money as possible.
About the Lighthouse Program:
Services are free, but it costs $1,700 to support one child for a year. Lighthouse is currently at full capacity.In 2014, Lighthouse supported over 200 children, teens and their families. They estimate the number will double by 2018. grievingchildrenlighthouse.org