Yesterday (Sunday May 7th, 2017) was the 2nd annual Butterfly Run Quinte. Rachel Samulack, Aaron's mom and lead coordinator for Aaron's Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau, had the honour of participating in the Run. The Run also happened to occur on International Bereaved Mother's Day.
Last year, Quinte conceptualized and coordinated the 1st-ever Butterfly Run. This year in 2017, Quinte organized the Run again, Peterborourgh hosted the 1st Butterfly Run Peterborough, and we're planning the Ottawa/Gatineau event for October 14th! To learn all about the history of the Butterfly Run, we'd encourage you to check out our History page.
Rachel said that the Butterfly Run Quinte was so well organized and she was so impressed by the level of support from the community. Over 900+ people showed up for the event! There were hundreds of participants and countless businesses and members from the community that donated, sponsored or volunteered to help make the event another success! Coordinators of the Butterfly Run Quinte had every little detail planned out - even water stations and finisher goodie bags for the dogs that participated! There were opportunities to honour personal losses and motivational quotes along the route. Rachel was so happy that she was able to attend - both to honour her son Aaron, honour other losses of her friends and family, and learn from the best to help make the Ottawa/Gatineau event a success!
The Butterfly Run Quinte is SO close to reaching their goal of raising $100,000. There is still time to donate. If you wish to do so, you can do so here.
Thank you to Butterfly Run Quinte for all of your support to Aaron's Butterfly Run Ottawa/Gatineau, and for everything you are doing to support your community!