Run for Fun Supports Caring Circle

Nine years ago I started the Reindeer Run as I wanted to offer a winter walk/run event to get us outside and moving in the grey and drizzle and at the same time support Bowen Island’s Christmas Hamper Fund. We raise heart rates, have a whole lot of fun in less than perfect weather conditions – all the while helping to ensure everyone’s Christmas is a little merrier. How wonderful is that?

This year we are shifting our focus to support Bowen Island’s Caring Circle, an amazing grass roots organization spear-headed by long time resident and retired nurse Colleen O’Neill.

The Caring Circle guides islanders to health information, education and helps individuals navigate the health care system. Some of there most important initiatives include the Driver Program (getting folks to medical appointments when they can’t get there themselves), The Lunch Program (in collaboration with other island lunch programs), and mental health educational support groups.

If this wasn’t enough, Caring Circle is rolling out “Connections,” a new program reaching out to isolated individuals wishing to connect with other islanders. An amazing organization providing all those superbly valuable services that we don’t think about until of course we need them.

So come on out Saturday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m., don your complimentary felt antlers and get in touch with your inner Prancer, Rudolph or Vixen. This years route: Handloggers Trail loop route starting from Amelia Lane trail head (Bowen Bay) to Bluewater, exiting via the Mount Gardner trail. From here we head back along Windjammer Rd to the start (and your car!) Time to complete is approximately is 1.5 hours. Registration is $20 (suggested) donation to the Caring Circle. Fitness level required is moderate – the last section of the trail is a little steep!

Call or email Mary Letson to register: 604 947-960 or

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