Sarah De Klein and her family have created a team – one of many – for the Move4Communitas fitness challenge and fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

Sarah De Klein and her family have created a team – one of many – for the Move4Communitas fitness challenge and fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

Communitas in Abbotsford holds virtual fitness challenge

Move4Communitas started March 1 and runs for 8 weeks

Communitas Supportive Care Society in Abbotsford is now hosting a virtual fitness challenge to raise funds to support mental-health initiatives.

The challenge is to walk, run, or cycle 14,000 kilometres from Campbell River to Cape Spear and back.

The event, Move4Communitas, is tracked through a website move4communitas.ca, where participants can register, create or join a team, and encourage friends and family to support their efforts.

The website allows participants to sync their personal activity trackers to the website to automatically keep track of their progress. There are also other incentives built in.

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“For every dollar an athlete raises, they also get a kilometre added to their distance, bringing them and their team closer to their goal,” said Sarah De Klein, resource development coordinator for Communitas.

“Along the eight-week challenge, we’ll also announce other incentives to keep teams motivated.”

Communitas supports people living with mental-health challenges through a variety of services including peer support, wellness tools, and employment initiatives. The organization has seen the impact that COVID has had on mental health.

“The pandemic has revealed how difficult it can be to maintain one’s mental wellness when you’re in the midst of a global crisis,” says Karyn Santiago, CEO for Communitas. “It is for this reason that we wanted to highlight our mental health services with this event.”

Move4Communitas began March 1 and continues for eight weeks. Participants can sign up at any time.

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