Sidney’s Army Navy and Airforce Club will be hosting a fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Run BC on Feb. 4, prior to their warm-up 60 km run on Sunday.
The club is inviting the public down to its Sidney hall tonight to help raise money for the charity.
Members of the public are encouraged to bring their dancing shoes for a night of fun, with a silent auction and meat draw taking place, at 9831 4th Street, unit #302. Admission is $10. Doors open at 5 p.m., with a limit of 200 patrons permitted.
The charity warm-up run will be on Feb. 5 to raise money and awareness in anticipation for the big six-day, 700 km relay that’ll take place later this month.
Pulling the event off is no small feat. While most events take place in a single area, this event crosses through most every major city on the Island and requires a lot of planning.
“So that means a new permit, a new jurisdiction every few hours – or sometimes every hour,” Jaqueline Zweng, the director of the run, said in an interview with CHEK News.
“We have photographers, we have drivers, we have people at the next stop setting things up.”
Despite all the planning, Zweng said she still finds herself joining the runners on the road each year.
“It’s pretty special to roll into a final destination all together as one group,” Zweng said. “It’s pretty powerful, because we also have serving military, firefighters, paramedics, coast guard, civilians – all working together.”
Tomorrow’s run will see service members, past-and-present, travel from Sooke to Sidney in a 60 km single day fundraising event. The public is invited to come out and show support for the runners with a honk or a wave, or by joining them at tonight’s fundraising event at the Army Navy and Airforce Club in Sidney where they’ll be collecting donations for the charity.
Sunday’s run is set to begin at 10 a.m., and is slated to last most of the day, with participants heading out from the Sooke Legion at 10 a.m., and going until 4:45 p.m. where the run will wrap at the Sidney fire department.
Motorists are being told to expect some delays on Highway 14, travelling out of Sooke between 10 and 12 p.m., as runners and emergency vehicles take part in the event.
The Wounded Warriors Run is an annual charity event that supports veterans and first responders who have been physically or mentally wounded in the line of duty.
For more information, visit the charities website.