Charity run to raise funds for new Airdrie food bank
With the ground breaking of the new Airdrie Food Bank building on Aug. 21, the need for community support is greater than ever and Mattamy Homes has answered the call for support with The Mattamy Family Fun Run.
“This is the chance for the community to come together and contribute to the huge growth of the Airdrie Food Bank,” said Mattamy Sales and Marketing Manager Charles Boechler.
The run will be held on Sept. 21, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the future school park in Windsong located at the corner of Windsong Drive and Windsong Boulevard.
A shorter kids run will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by the three-kilometre family run at 10 a.m.
“We’ve done other events to benefit the Airdrie Food Bank,” Boechler said. “We called (the food bank) about opportunities to do something a little more substantial and they let us know about this need.”
That need is the more than $1-million price tag for the new building, which is expected to be completed in early spring 2014 and is being funded by donations.
“We are at 66 per cent (of the budget) right now and are working with the community to raise the rest,” said food bank Executive Director Lori McRitchie when she spoke with Airdrie City View on Aug. 22.
Registration forms for the fun run are available at all Windsong show homes in Airdrie and at the Mattamy head office in Calgary.
The all-ages event requires a registration fee - $25 per person or $40 per family - which will be donated to the food bank to help build their new community kitchen. However, if more that $50 in pledges are raised the entry fee will be waived.
The deadline for registration is 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.
Following the run, Mattamy and their corporate sponsors will be hosting a free barbecue for participants and are providing all the food for the event, ensuring 100 per cent of the fundraising efforts will go to the food bank.
“Airdrie is a big city now and this is a chance without too much effort to raise some funds that benefit so many people in Airdrie,” Boechler said.
“Everything raised, absolutely every penny, goes back to the food bank,” he adds. “Many hands make light work and if we can get a number of people involved this (new community kitchen) can happen for the Airdrie Food Bank even faster.”