Debra McLeod gets a hug from daughter Catherine Grant during Sunday's inaugural Soroptimist International of White Rock's fun run/walk at Centennial Park.

Debra McLeod gets a hug from daughter Catherine Grant during Sunday's inaugural Soroptimist International of White Rock's fun run/walk at Centennial Park.

Inaugural run raises $3,000 to support women

Gender parity urged by participants at Soroptimist event in White Rock.

Soroptimist International of White Rock

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

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