© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
The first round of participants make their way down the Rotary Trail during the annual Gift of Mercy Fun Run on Saturday.
By the time the first of two round of participants launched down the Rotary trail, Gift of Mercy Fun Run organizer Ron Poetker had already considered the event a success.
This year saw about 90 runners and walkers anticipate in the Saturday morning event, raising at least $6,000 for charities.
As during previous year’s runs, the Gift of Mercy Fun run organizers selected charities that cover the three basic needs of life -- food, shelter and water.
The Prince Albert Share-A-Meal Food Bank covered off food, The YWCA Our House Shelter covered shelter, and Rays of Hope for Uganda covered water.
Last year’s events saw the same local charities supported along with a Zambian water effort charity.
With participants able to select which of the three charities to support, Poetker notes that each of the three received fairly even assistance.
As with previous years, about 25 Prince Albert Mintos hockey players participated in Saturday’s fun run -- a “win-win,” Poetker said, noting that the Mintos get positive public exposure as an organization, players get a fun morning and the event gets added support.
Although happy with the 90 participants -- about on par with previous years – Poetker said that the hope is to one day break the 100 barrier.
Recognizing that several fundraiser events were taking place over the weekend in potential competition against the Gift of Mercy Fun Run, the fun run event is always held the weekend after Labour Day.
This year’s major sponsor was Advantage Real Estate Services, which pledged $1,500 to cover expenses.