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Willow Creek Wilderness Walk and Run benefits MAE Belles

Stasha Donahue

Stasha Donahue

Runners and walkers will put their best foot forward May 28 in support of a group working to keep a roof over its head.
Proceeds from the fourth annual Willow Creek Wilderness Walk and Run will go to the MAE Belles Club.
The MAE Belles are raising money to repair the roof on the Ardenville Social Centre south of Fort Macleod.
“That will have a serious impact,” organizer Stasha Donahue said of the importance of the MAE Belles Club’s project to the community.
The Willow Creek Wilderness Walk and Run committee received a number of expressions of interest from local groups for the grant.
The criteria the committee used to weight the applications included whether it had funded the group before; the benefit to the community; other available funding sources; potential to provide volunteers for the walk/run; the perceived need; and the potential impact of the donation.
“Our donation to them isn’t a big one, but it will have some impact,” Donahue said. “They were quite thrilled.”
Past recipients of grants chosen by the Willow Creek Wilderness Walk and Run organizing committee were the Empress Theatre Society, Fort Macleod Playground Committee and Fort Macleod Community Initiatives Group fund-raising for the gym at W.A. Day school.
Now organizers are encouraging people to register for the walk/run, which offers five-, 10- and half-marathon routes through River Valley Wilderness Park.
Last year about 200 walkers and runners took part in the event. The event generated a $1,100 grant for the community initiatives group.
People who register and pay the $40 fee by April 2 will receive an event T-shirt and will be entered in a draw for a $150 gift certificate from Runners Soul in Lethbridge.
Registration increases to $50 after April 2 and that includes the T-shirt but not the draw.
“We will accept same-day registration but they don’t get a T-shirt,” Donahue added.
The committee will also need volunteers the day of the event, primarily to help with marshalling along the walk/run route.
Committee members are Joella Bevan, Brendan Grant, Darrell Grant, Lacey Poytress, Ali Meech, Denise Joel, Chris Adamiak and Jody Litle.
“We do have ambassadors in Lethbridge,” Donahue said of Pat and Penny Wilson, who promote the walk/run in the city.
For information call Stasha Donahue at 403-308-0410.

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