‘Laps for Literacy’ coming up Oct. 2

The Valley Adult Learning Association is holding its first-ever “Laps for Literacy” five-km race on Saturday, Oct. 2 to raise both funds for—and awareness of—the local non-profit organization.
“We’ve seen a lot of government cuts in recent years, and we’ve found that if we want to keep on delivering the level of service we have been achieving, we’re going to have to do some major fundraising,” VALA literacy instructor Kim Redford said Monday.
She noted VALA, which offers a workplace mentoring program, as well as adult math, computer, and literacy training, is facing increased rent costs, coupled with a need for new learning supplies and upgraded computers.
“This is our year to get out there and let people know what we’re all about,” added Redford.
And that’s what VALA is striving to do with this five-km race, which is open to all runners. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., with the race getting underway at 9:30.
The race will cover a five-km course through town, which still is being determined by organizers. Racers will be given a course map at sign-in.
Being a race, runners will vie for gold, silver, or bronze medals, as well as be entered in draws for prizes donated by several local businesses, said Redford.
And tying in with the promotion of literacy, Grade 10 students in Doris Barton’s class will be stationed at various points along the course to hand out letters of the alphabet.
Participants then can take these letters, spell out words, and enter them in a contest to win a prize.
Those who prefer to walk the route also are welcome to participate. But while they won’t win the race, they will be eligible for draw prizes and the word-building contest.
All participants also will be provided water and a snack.
Residents at Flinders Place have volunteered to bake some muffins for snacks, but anyone else wanting to pitch in and make some of their own for the run can call Mrs. Ramir (274-5382) or Mrs. Redford (274-2198) to let them know.
VALA clients (or “learners”) also will volunteer at the event to put a face to the local literacy program.
The fundraising aspect of the race comes in the form of a $20 entry fee for each participant. But VALA, being a non-profit organization, will be giving out tax receipts for those paying the entry fee.
Redford noted anyone else who wants to financially support the cause, but maybe isn’t able to participate in the run/walk, is welcome to make a donation.
While the event was going to take place this month in order to coincide with “Literacy Month,” Redford noted the fact the Terry Fox Run takes place this Sunday, and a marathon in Minnesota is slated the weekend after that, Oct. 2 was the closest date to hold it and still get a reasonable number of runners involved.
Just in case it rains (or snows) on Oct. 2, Sunday, Oct. 3 is the back-up date for the race.
Call Redford or Barb Duguay at 274-3553 for more information, to register, or to make a donation.

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