It’s a treat to celebrate Halloween Fun Run Partnership
with Riverside Rebels

Sixteen years ago, The Riverside Secondary School Rebels in Windsor, Ontario held a Halloween Run in an effort to raise funds to support a new student who had cancer. The "Run for Ryan" was created by Dave Hawkins and Claudia Hanson and was intended to be a one year event to show support for Ryan and his family.

Unfortunately, the following year tragedy struck the school community once again and a run was held to support another family. After the success of the first two runs it was evident that the Fun Run had become part of the schools culture and it became a yearly tradition organized by the Leadership class. Over the years the school has supported various charities including the Canadian Cancer Society, Liver Foundation, Do Good Divas and of course The Kidney Foundation as well as families in the community who were dealing with difficult circumstances. 

The Kidney Foundation’s involvement in the Fun Run dates back to 2008, when two members of The Kidney Foundation’s Windsor Chapter were actively involved in the schools athletics program.  

2016 marks the tenth time, the Kidney Foundation has been selected as the recipient charity

 “We are really proud to support The Kidney Foundation,” said Aaron Martin, Leadership teacher at Riverside Secondary School. “The partnership has continued for various reasons but mainly because of how much appreciation The Kidney Foundation has shown for our efforts. From small things like showing up to say thanks to alerting the media to bring attention to our efforts, and even nominating Riverside for the Foundation’s "Youth of the Year" award. We always feel appreciated by The Kidney Foundation.”

The Riverside school community has reason to be proud. “The Kidney Foundation has been recipients of over $40,000 in the ten years that we’ve been involved,” said Erika Muscat, Fund Development Officer with the local chapter.  “It is a fun event – and we are very grateful for the continued support.”

Martin says the run reminds students of how lucky they are and of course has the side benefit of helping those in need. “One of the students who was part of the first organizing committee 16 years ago has successfully received a kidney transplant and is living proof that our fundraising efforts are important.”  But beyond the fundraising, it’s an event that brings the whole community together. The Fun Run has had at least 80% participation from both the students and staff and has grown to include many Halloween themed activities. “Each year the staff and students work together to make all this possible and we are better as a school because of it, added Martin.”

 

 

 

 

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