Have you signed up to take part in this year’s Race Weekend that takes place on May 27, 28 & 29?  Woulds you like to be a sponsor?

The annual Ottawa Race Weekend is one of Canada’s most prestigious race events and attracts runners from across Canada and around the world.Events include the marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5k and the Family 2K as well as the wheelchair race and the Y Kids Marathon. Race Weekend organizers encourage walkers in all the events and many participants use the occasion to fundraise for a particular cause.

For the Race Weekend the Ottawa Hospital Foundation has a campaign titled Run For A Cause which encourages race participants to raise money for the hospital and its various departments. Many members of OAPWS have joined the Stuttering Treatment Clinic Team to raise funds for the Marie Poulos Bursary Fund. This fund enables qualified individual to attend therapy programs at the Clinic.

The Bursary Fund is named in honour of Marie Poulos, a speech-language pathologist who worked at the Clinic from 1979 until she was tragically killed in a car accident in 1991.

The Race Weekend is the Clinic’s main annual fundraiser. Last year it raised over $2000 and this year the team’s goal is $5000. With your involvement and assistance we can make this year’s fundraising a success.  Here’s how you can sponsor our team and help us reach our goal:

1. Click on http://www.ohfoundation.ca

2. On that page click on “Run for a Reason”

3. Click on Sponsor a Team

4. In the find box, write The Stuttering Treatment Clinic. It will take you a link that has our team name.

5. Click on “Donate To Our Team” and follow the instructions.

We also have pledge sheets if you would like to donate by cash or cheque.

Kara Beck Coordinator of the Stuttering Treatment clinic is our captain. If you know someone who is a member of our team you can also sponsor him/her by going to the website and clicking on “Sponsor an Individual.” Just search for that person’s name.

All donations no matter how small make a difference.

The Race Weekend attracts athletes of all calibers. It also attracts people who want to make a difference in their community. You can be one of those special people by helping us to fundraise. All donations $15 and over receive a tax receipt. And remember that all donations no matter how small are important and will enable us to reach our goal. You too can make a difference!

May is Speech and Hearing Month in Canada. What better way to raise awareness about stuttering than to sponsor our Team.

See you on Race Weekend!

Published by David Burton

I first took speech therapy some 30 years ago in Ottawa and recently completed a semi-intensive course at the Ottawa Stuttering Treatment Clinic. I am an active member of OAPWS and appreciate the support and sharing of common experiences.

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