On October 2, 38 staff from libraries across Calgary joined tens of thousands of other Canadians to participate in the 20th annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Run for the Cure is the largest single day fundraising event to support breast cancer research, education and health initiatives in Canada. This year, Canadians raised more than 30 million dollars to help create a world free of breast cancer.
Part of a national “Librarians Run for the Cure” team, Calgary’s faction was the largest group this year. The collectively fundraised $7150.01 and was led by Renee Reaume, a University of Calgary librarian. Renee’s bountiful energy and encouragement made her an ideal team Captain.
Runners and walkers were graced with a sunny and cool Calgary morning on race day. The 5km track was alive with activity, with volunteers yelling out words of encouragement and handing out water bottles and neighborhood locals on their lawns playing music or cheering at the participants. Overall it was a super fun and rewarding morning.
Following up on the success of the 2011 event, Calgary’s “Librarians Run for the Cure” will are already planning for next fall to try and beat the record for number of participants and fundraising across Canada.