Over $6,000 raised for Habitat for Humanity
Braving gusting winds and rain, over 300 participants turned out on June 8 to walk or run five kilometres on Charlottetown Airport's main runway in the first annual Fly PEI Runway Run hosted by Charlottetown Airport Authority.
Event proceeds of more than $6,000 were donated to the Fly PEI Runway Run's inaugural charity, Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward Island. Founded in 1996, Habitat for Humanity PEI is a non-profit organization that partners with low-income families to build safe, decent and affordable homes.
"It was wild and crazy and so much fun, said Brett Wood of Bethel, who ran the five kilometre race. "Whatever the weather is, I'll be back next year. It was my first ever race and a great way to see our Island airport from a whole new perspective!
"We are very excited to be the recipient of the funds raised from the inaugural Fly PEI Runway Run hosted by Charlottetown Airport Authority, said Susan Zambonin, executive director of Habitat for Humanity PEI. "These funds will help pay for building materials at our Kenwood Circle home that is being built with the Htay and Paw family. We sincerely thank the airport staff and volunteers who organized and worked at the event.
"We're absolutely thrilled by the number of participants and their enthusiasm, said Doug Newson, CEO of Charlottetown Airport Authority. "This fundraiser would also not have happened without the generous support of our sponsors and other organizations that helped in various ways. We would like to thank Air Canada, Tim Hortons and D.P. Murphy Inc., Ocean 100, Sporting Intentions and the PEI Roadrunners for their numerous contributions and assistance in making the Fly PEI Runway Run a tremendous success. We look forward to working with these great organizations in the future as we strive to make the run an annual event.
Pictured left to right: Pat Power, Doug Newson and Gerri Corcoran outside the Habitat for Humanity Women Build home in Kenwood Circle, Charlottetown. Pat and Gerri are members of the Women Build committee.