A team representing Canada’s veterans, first responders and their families has kicked off the ninth annual Wounded Warrior Run, starting this morning in Port Hardy.
The team took its first steps of an eight-day run on Sunday, beginning the day early in Port Hardy and starting a trek that will span the length of Vancouver Island, ending in Victoria.
It is a relay-style run with a mission to raise awareness and funds for Wounded Warriors Canada, which is a national mental health service provider for the country’s veterans and first responders.
The team will not only cover the distance of the Island but also meet with communities that they pass through in order to spread the word of their cause.
In 2022, the team will be passing through Sayward, Campbell River, Comox, Parksville, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Duncan and Mill Bay, among others, on their way to Victoria.
The team is aiming to complete the relay-style run on Sunday, March 6 at 4:30 p.m. in Market Square.
To date, they’ve raised over $77,000 to go towards supporting the mental health of first responders and Canadian veterans, with 100% of the funds raised staying on Vancouver Island.
More information on donating can be found online here.