Hacksaw Challenge unique way to celebrate 80th

CameronHelps board member Bob Wordham isn’t taking it easy for his 80th birthday next year.

Instead he’s decided to run a half-marathon to celebrate his milestone birthday and raise $100,000 for the charity –11 months from now. If you think that’s an ambitious target, Bob is no slouch when it comes to raising large sums for good causes. He has raised $72,000 and $88,000 for two separate Run for the Cure events, with proceeds going to Cancer research and support services.

With his recent service volunteering for mental health charities, Bob wanted to channel his fundraising efforts to help the Team Unbreakable progams. “CameronHelps is expanding its Team Unbreakable programs which enables access for thousands more young people in dozens of communities,” says Bob.

With a campaign this large, planning is already underway and will get into full swing in early summer. Bob is hoping to enlist “kilometre captains” who will agree to raise $5,000 for every kilometre he runs on his way to the finish, a full 21 kilometres. The event will be held May 7, 2017 at the annual Mississauga Marathon, which starts at Square One mall.

The name Hacksaw refers to Bob’s playing days as a rough and tumble rugby player. He didn’t participate in any running events until his 63rd birthday when he ran his first Run for the Cure event. Now, he hopes his four grandchildren—two from the U.S. – will run with him for the last 5 kilometres of his half-marathon. Through his busy life in business as a CEO and executive, Bob hopes to tap into his many friends, former colleagues and family connections to reach his goal.

Youth mental health is an area that is sorely neglected and underfunded and support from organizations such as CameronHelps can really make a difference in helping “at-risk” youth, Bob says. To donate to the Hacksaw Challenge go to this link. http://hacksawscrusade.com/

To become involved in volunteering and planning, contact Bob at bobwordham@ica.net

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