From participation to fundraising to volunteerism, your YMCA really ‘gave ‘er’ for race weekend on May 20th and 21st!

During race weekend for the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon and Charity Challenge, your YMCA encouraged over 230 children, youth and adults to become more active and engaged with their community through fundraising, health promotion, and volunteerism.

Through financial support provided by the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign we advocated for full inclusion regardless of any family’s background or financial situation through subsidized participation for children and youth!

Here’s what we’re most proud of:

  • We recruited over 100 children and youth and gave them the opportunity to participate in the Doctor’s Nova Scotia Youth Run and Lifemark 5K! For many, it was their first time participating.
  • We’ve raised over $13,400 for YMCA Strong Kids! Our friends at Killam Properties and Great West Life ran a total of four relay teams and fundraised thousands of dollars towards our cause. Thank you Killam and Great West Life!
  • We offered the largest and loudest Blue Nose Cheering Station at the corner of Gottingen and Cogswell Streets, helping runners strive toward the finish line. This YMCA Cheer Station was led by our Immigrant Services Youth Outreach program and engaged over 130 youth volunteers and staff! Our group was also named the winner of the Blue Nose Boogie challenge for making such a positive impact on the runners – and as a thank you, we were awarded $500 for the YMCA.

Wow! Thank you everyone who helped make this year’s Blue Nose Marathon an incredible success and more importantly, a memorable experience for the children and youth who participated. We’re already looking forward to Blue Nose 2018!