There were 80 people registered in this year’s Valley Hope Classic race in Kentville.
Lead organizer Emily Duffett was thrilled with that number. Last year’s event in Wolfville attracted fewer than 20 people.
“I want to say thank you to my community,” she said, beaming.
Duffett, who lives across the street from the park, called the turnout ‘amazing.’
“I’m at a loss for words,” she said. The 24-year-old added that she wanted to give back, having benefitted her whole life from the work of the spina bifida and hydrocephalus association in terms of camps and scholarships.
She also expressed pleasure with the number of businesses from across the province who contributed to the prizes.
Duffett thanked the learn-to-run clubs who got on board with the run this year. She graduated for a second time this year from Acadia University, after completing a thesis on disability and employment.
She is now looking for a job.
The Hope Classic is a five- or 10-kilometre walk/run/wheel, with all proceeds going to help those with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
Eighty per cent of the funds raised stay in Nova Scotia to support the organizations programs, such as the Computer Fund, Special Needs Fund, Education Award, Camp Tidnish Fund and Recreation Fund. The rest of funds raised go to the National organization to support research and other initiatives to aid those living with spina bifida.