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Late last month hundreds of local runners showed their support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings  by walking as a group from Parliament Hill to the U.S. Embassy where they tied pairs of new and gently used running shoes to the gates of the embassy – to be later distributed to local charities.  The Ottawa Mission was one of the beneficiaries of this kind gesture, and the donated shoes are being put to the best possible use.

Saturday, May 18 marks the beginning of this year’s Ottawa Mission “Learn to Run” Club.  The intent of this club is to help people served by The Mission focus on their physical well-being.  With the support of volunteer coaches, the group will meet every Saturday morning through the spring and summer and walk, jog or run their way back to good health. 

Along with the shoes, appropriate clothing and water bottles are also provided to participants thanks to the generosity of our donors.  In the past, people who have participated in the club have gone on to embrace running as part of their lifestyle – some even participating in local charity runs, including the Mission Possible Half Marathon which raises funds for The Ottawa Mission. 

Food, shelter, clothing, medical services, education and job training, housing and spiritual support – this club is just one more way that The Ottawa Mission strives to help people makes changes that will mean a better life.  We sincerely thank all of those who give their time and support to this great initiative.

Photo: Chris Mikula/Ottawa Citizen. Used with permission.

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