Run for Rest raises funds for Matthew’s House in Abbotsford

Fourth annual event was held Sunday at Mill Lake Park

More than 75 people came out for the fourth annual Run for Rest on Saturday, raising more than $1,000 for Matthew’s House.

Participants of all ages and abilities came out to walk or run the 5 km route around Mill Lake in Abbotsford. The first person to cross the finish line was Graham Moffatt, who is visiting from Nottingham, England.

“I try to find a run to take part in whenever I travel,” he explained. “It’s a great way to get to know a community.”

This is the second year that the Running Room sponsored the event and provided online registration, the inflatable arch, race bibs and time clock.

Manager Wendy Jordan-Oliver said this kind of community run is exactly the kind of event that Running Room likes to support.

“Once I found out how Matthew’s House supports families, I knew it was something that we needed to be a part of,” she said.

Second-place finisher was eight-year-old Elijah McKechnie, whose mother also participated in the run. Third place went to Kevin Bredeman.

The Run for Rest raises funds for Matthew’s House, which supports families by providing quality care for children who live with complex care needs.

Several of the children staying at Matthew’s House participated in the event as well. For the organizers, it was encouraging to see so many families with children come out to support families in this way.

“It’s so appropriate that this event is supported by parents, grandparents and children of all ages and abilities,” said Alan Cavin, director of resource development for Matthew’s House. “It’s awesome to see families supporting families. We appreciate all the runners and walkers who came out this year.”

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