SASS Purple Fun Run sees fundamental support

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By Shawna O'Neill
SASS Purple Fun Run sees fundamental support
Run Organizer Amanda Marini-Rohde and her son Byron covered in purple chalk after the run (Shawna O'Neill/Seaway News photo).

CORNWALL, Ontario – Over 50 runners laced up their shoes and sprinted through purple chalk clouds on Sunday, June 22 at the Cornwall Civic Complex in support of SASS for Women of SDG&A.

“The runners were hustling today,” said Run Organizer Amanda Marini-Rohde. “It went really well. It was really high energy and everyone had lots of fun. Its a beautiful day, I’m happy with the turnout.”

Runners were asked to donate $25 prior to the event or $30 on the day of to participate, and each received a medal donated by Cornwall Trophy Shop. The adult 5 km run commenced at 10:30 a.m. and the kids mini run kicked off at 10 a.m., which has a $10 registration fee.

“The kids were adorable and they were running with all the energy they could,” said Marini-Rohde.

Marini-Rohde was grateful to see new participants and new volunteers during the event, as SASS always appreciate help putting on fundraising events and continued support from the community.

“Everyone seemed super engaged,” said Angela Vinet, Executive Director of SASS.

“(Events like this) help to raise awareness of our organization, just getting out there and having our name out in the public, and knowing there is a service for survivors,” added Vinet. “It’s also great for the community to come together and show our clients there is support for them. The money we raise always goes to programming and to be able to provide services our government funding doesn’t support, like our support groups, empowerment camps…”

The colour purple often represents bruises in organizations that may deal with cases of domestic violence and spousal abuse, however the colour also represents healing, according to Vinet.

Organizers thanked all sponsors and community members for their support.

To find out more about SASS social programs, visit their Facebook page here.

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