Maple Ridge Fund Run hits $40,000

Charity event held to raise funds for Ridge Meadows Hospital

The 12th annual Fund Run for Ridge Meadows Hospital drew more runners than past years

The 12th annual Fund Run for Ridge Meadows Hospital drew more runners than past years

The Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation’s 12th annual Fund Run on saw a spike in participants this year.

Laura Butler, development officer for the RMHF, said this year’s event, June 7, saw 420 people “ready to run for health care.”

She said the jump in participants, up from 369 in 2014, is an encouraging sign as the foundation targets raising $600,000 for 2015.

She said while the final count isn’t in, to date it has raised more than $40,000 from this year’s event.

“The weather was fantastic,” said Butler. “There was lot’s of families out having fun and we even had neighbours out with their hoses spraying runners down because of the heat.”

The money raised from the event will help go towards the foundation’s wish list of equipment to purchase this year. Butler said some of the items the foundation hopes to purchase include a $37,000 ventilator for the intensive care unit, a $12,000 centrifuge for lab work, and a $17,000 cystoscope for the operating room.

Butler said with the run in the books, the foundation will start to work on its annual gala fundraiser.

The Arabian Nights event will be held on Oct. 17 at Meadow Gardens.