Iron Man, the Hulk and Wonder Woman stopped by Brock University’s campus for the second annual Superhero Run in support of the Niagara Children’s Centre on October 16. The Superhero Run, where participants could take part in either a one-kilometre or five-kilometre run while dressed as their favorite comic superhero, was in support of the local Niagara Children’s Centre. The Centre is dedicated to providing ‘rehabilitation and support services’ in the region for children with physical and developmental disabilities. The Centre provides physiotherapy and occupational therapy clinics, speech clinics, family & children services, and recreational therapy.
According to a statement on the Centre’s website, the event was held to provide funding through donations to the estimated 3,300 children and families who utilize the variety of the NCC’s services. The event charged $25 per person or $50 per family to participate in one of the two events in order to raise money. Katie Desharnais, the Communications Coordinator for the NCC, stated that in total $55,000 was raised through the Run for the Centre and that over 550 people came out to Brock campus to participate. The Centre CEO Oksana Fisher was exceptionally pleased with the results of the event.
“We are thrilled this event has grown into a favourite for the families of our Centre and members of the community”, Fisher stated. “It was great to see all the participants dressed as their favourite superheroes and having a lot of fun. We are so proud that this year’s event gained so much support from both corporate sponsors and the local community.”
Lisa Strum, a parent who has worked with the Children’s Centre, supplemented Fisher’s remarks by describing the positivity of the event.
“It was truly wonderful to see children of all ability levels out enjoying the event together. It was so well organized and well thought out and just an amazing time from start to finish”, Strum noted. “The staff and volunteers were so helpful and you could tell they were really enjoying themselves — it set the tone for the day. Everyone was just having a great time, and it was reflected on the faces of every single person there. What a truly amazing, amazing event.”
The Niagara Children’s Centre is located at 567 Glenridge Ave. in St. Catharine’s. For more information on their services and volunteer opportunities, please visit niagarachildrenscentre.com