Two Unbreakable Bold and Cold runs in November and one in December finished off an exciting season for students and community members.
In all, almost 400 people participated and approximately $15,000 was raised to support youth mental health programs in the Greater Toronto Area. This was the first year of introducing a Toronto Bold and Cold and the day was declared a success as more than 100 turned out for the event. A GoFundMe campaign was also introduced this year, to help subsidize the costs of participating for those who could not afford the registration fee. “These are important goal events for students participating in the fall program, and it is our policy that no one should ever miss their opportunity. Unfortunately it is also fundraising to ensure the continuation of the program. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the GoFundMe campaign,” said Executive Director Carl Worrell.
“The weather cooperated for all three events. Once everyone got running, they warmed up quickly and after the race, everyone had a chance to eat some hot pancakes and consume a hot drink,” said Carl. “Everyone loved the beautiful finishing medals and the headband (buffs) scarves. Most importantly, though, this race is often the first time a young participant has ever completed a 5k and it is so rewarding to see all the happy, proud runners as they finish the course,” he added.
Participants had a chance to comment after the race and survey results provided some valuable feedback for next year. Overall, the satisfaction levels were over 90% for the events. One participant commented, “Cameron Helps continues to deliver top-notch events with outstanding, enthusiastic volunteer teams and tip-top organization. Thank you!”
The runs were held at Brampton’s Heart Lake Secondary School, Oakville’s Holy Trinity Catholic School and Toronto’s Coronation Park near Exhibition Place. If you missed the events, you can view photos and videos on the CameronHelps’ Facebook page here