Kinette Club goes lights out with fundraiser

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September 3, 2015 8:15 AM

The Kinette Club of Lloydminster is flicking the switch on Amie’s Run.

Last year, the group raised money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada with a traditional charity walk and run through Bud Miller All Seasons Park. This year, the organization will do the same, but at night.

“It’s a whole new thing, said Kinette member Wendy Sydoruk. “Everyone’s going to have headlamps, we’re going to have signage along the way that, hopefully, is lit up really well, with balloons and the glow in the dark paint. We’ll have a DJ playing so it’s going to be more of a fun party kind of atmosphere.”

The Kinette Club has also renamed the event, which is now called the Kinettes’ Glow Run, and takes place on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m. at Bud Miller Park.

Despite the rebrand, the Kinettes’ Glow Run will still raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and will still honour Amie Gray-Carrol, who succumbed to cystic fibrosis in 2013.

“Amie Gray-Carrol was a member of our Kinette Club for about five years,” said Sydoruk. “Just having her in our Kinette Club, you got to see the first-hand everything that she went through.”

Cystic fibrosis mainly targets one’s digestive system and lungs. Common symptoms include persistent coughing with thick mucous, shortness of breath, frequent chest infections, bowel disturbances, weight loss or failure to gain weight and abnormally salty tasting sweat.

An estimated one out of every 3,600 children born in Canada has cystic fibrosis, a condition for which no known cure exists. It is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults.

In 2014, Amie’s Run raised around $6,000. Sydoruk says the club is setting the bar at $7,500 this year and hopes to draw about 150 participants.

Although the September event will only mark the second year that the Kinette Club of Lloydminster has walked and run for cystic fibrosis, Sydoruk says that the group’s parent organization, Kin Canada, has long been associated with the cause.

“It’s the 50th anniversary this year of Kin Canada partnering with Cystic Fibrosis Canada,” she said. “We always are looking for ways to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada and then we just wanted to do something a little extra special because we knew Amie. She passed away two years ago so we just wanted to honour and do a bigger event in memory of her.”

The Kinettes’ Glow Run offers participants three options on the night of the event: a 5-km walk, a 5-km run and a 10-km run. Afterwards, the Kinette Club will have food and refreshments for walkers and runners, and will hand out some prizes.

Registration for the Kinettes’ Glow Run costs $40 per person and can be completed online at www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=12374.

Sydoruk adds that the club is still looking for volunteers and sponsors to assist with the event, and those inquiries and others may be directed to the “Kinettes’ Glow Run” Facebook page or to Tanya Wysoskey via email at tanya.wysoskey@gmail.com.

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