An inaugural fun run/walk to mark International Women’s Day and raise money to help women and children is being hailed a success.
The one-km/five-km event, hosted by Soroptimist International of White Rock (SIWR), took place Sunday at Centennial Park.
Participants, who wore blue-and-white T-shirts, were asked to pledge “to take steps in their lives and workplace to achieve gender parity sooner than 2095, as predicted by the World Economic Forum.”
Funds raised – about $3,000 – will benefit SIWR’s ReStart initiative, which provides women who are leaving transition houses with a kit of essential housing items.
Organizers described Sunday’s event as “very successful,” and said another run/walk will be held next year.
– photos by Gord Goble