There’s a chill in the air, but hearts were warm for Renascent’s third annual Road to Recovery Walk/Run!
From September 1 to October 15, participants of all ages walked and ran distances ranging from a single kilometre to a half marathon (21.1 km). Their shared goal? Raising funds, challenging the stigma associated with addiction, and spread awareness of addiction recovery.
“September is Recovery Month, and for the past several years Renascent has celebrated with our Road to Recovery Walk and Run,” explains Tania Archer, Director of Business Development and Philanthropy. “This year, our participants and donors ‘stepped up’ once again by raising awareness and funds for our lifesaving programs. We are so grateful for all their efforts and contributions, which are needed now more than ever.”
Teams and individuals had their choice of joining others on three pre-planned routes in Toronto or creating their own anywhere they liked. And in addition to enjoying the fellowship, participants raised an impressive $12,200 to give hope and healing to those beginning their recovery and provide life-changing support for their families and loved ones.
The event is made possible by generous community and business supporters, including Kerrs Candy, Kaia Naturals and Herbaland, who contributed to goodie bags for all walkers and runners.
“Donors are all critically important to our operations at Renascent,” notes Christina Selvaggio, Manager of Philanthropy. “Their contributions support vital care for people seeking addiction treatment, particularly those who require financial assistance to access the help they need.”
Beyond the funds raised, however, is another powerful message.
“We are here to share that recovery from addiction is possible. In fact, it’s possible to not only recover but to thrive, as many of our alumni can attest,” Archer says. “We are all fortunate to have a community that supports this very worthwhile endeavor. The impact of these donations is truly incredible; they are helping people reclaim their lives.”