A local drop-in centre received some help over the weekend from three athletes who travelled over 105 kilometres in two days.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many not-for profits hard, as typical fundraising events are postponed. Centre 105, which has cut some of its programming, now focuses on offering drop-in breakfast three days per week.
“Putting a fundraiser on during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging, so whenever individuals from the community come forward with ideas for a fundraiser, I am always thrilled,” said Taylor Seguin, a program co-ordinator at Centre 105.
Ian Callan, a local athlete and fundraiser, came up with the idea to try and run as many kilometres as possible over from April 9-10, with the goal to run 105 kilometres total. Together, with Cory Reggentin and Rene Bourget, the trio left this goal in the dust for the 105K for Centre 105.
“Special shout-out to Rene Bourget who ran the most he ever has for the cause (80 kilometres) and Cory Reggentin for his 105-kilometre bike ride,” said Callan on Facebook, who also ran 105 kilometres over the course of 23 hours. “The running was therapeutic and also helped me in my training for longer running challenges later in the year.”
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Callan, a school teacher, wanted to help out the centre after learning about them last year while using their facilities to keep warm while on strike.
“It was the first I heard about their generous services to the community,” said Callan.
In addition to the 105-kilometre bike ride, the centre also received 105 food donations and over $1,400 in donations.
“The food donations will be used for our take-out meal program. The financial donations will go towards the meal program as well, to cover supplies like utensils, food containers, disposable coffee cups, as well as the food itself,” said Seguin.
Community members reached out to the athletes on Facebook to request that they run a certain area over the weekend, and the support was appreciated said Seguin.
“This running fundraiser is another example of how amazing our community is. We love the support and thank everyone for thinking of us,” said Seguin.
Centre 105 serves community members on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Staff members serve 200 breakfasts per week, 100 cups of coffee per day, and complete 40 loads of laundry per month, according to the website.