Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak: Help by Supporting Team Old Guys in Action in the CAUSE Canada Canmore Rocky Mountain Half Marathon Sept 7, 2014
As Bernie said in the very first Old Guys in Action blog post, “You can’t just sit there!” Bernie Potvin, Andrew Lawson, Pascia Birch, Steve Crawford, Tim Rowe, JoyAnne Krupa, Adam, Alexandra, Jon and Ross Weaver are joining together as Team Old Guys in Action to participate* in the CAUSE Canada Rocky Mountain Half Marathon and 10K Run. As a group we are committed to raising $5000 for CAUSE Canada’s efforts to stem the alarming growth of Ebola. CAUSE is uniquely positioned to intervene having worked in Sierra Leone for over 25 years, with knowledgeable staff on the ground and an effective strategy in place. Find out more www.cause.ca/ebolacrisis.
All funds raised by Team Old Guys in Action at the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon will go directly to CAUSE’s Ebola Fund. Please help by donating through the Old Guys half marathon team page.
It's Personal! Most of the members of Team Old Guys in Action have visited Sierra Leone at least once and these have been life-transforming experiences. In 2011 Bernie Potvin with Jon and Ross Weaver cycled the 500KM “Tour de Sierra Leone”, raising funds for CAUSE Canada’s birthing hut program. Birthing huts target the horrendous rate of maternal mortality in Sierra Leone where at the time 1 in 8 women died in childbirth. Progress has been made and over a dozen birthing huts are in operation because your support. The birthing hut shown here with CAUSE Executive Director Bev Carrick has averaged 30 births per month for over 3 years including the twins shown in the picture below.
It is tragic that this country, devastated by war (1991-2002) and steadily progressing in the past decade is now the central focus of the Ebola outbreak. It is heart-rending that people we have come to know and love, CAUSE Kids that we support month after month, babies born in Old Guys birthing huts…their families and thousands more are now at risk from this incurable disease. Please help CAUSE Canada make a difference in this crisis by supporting Team Old Guys in Action in the Sept 7 run. Click Here to Donate!
*Note: Some team members cannot run in Canmore on Sept 7 but will complete their event where they are across Canada in the same timeframe.