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On the move for the United Way

Federal employees launching campaign Sept. 19

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 18, 2017

HALIFAX – Many federal employees here and in other cities across the country will be getting out and moving during their lunch break on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and they will be doing it for their communities.
In Halifax, the Move for What Matters event will include a 5K and 3K walk/run at Point Pleasant Park for the local United Way campaign.
The event is part of the launch of the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign, which will also be happening in Ottawa, Victoria and Vancouver, B.C., with a similar event taking place in Montreal, Que.

The annual Move for What Matters run/walk will take place at Point Pleasant Park in Halifax on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Shown here at a previous year’s event are (from left) participants Gaetan Trembley, Kevin Conley, Stacy Chesnutt, Danielle Rowlings and James McMillian.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Mombourquette

The goal is to build it into an annual national campaign launch.
“It’s always an opportunity to bring all our colleagues together in support of the campaign, and also an opportunity to get outside and be active on our lunch break, which is important for a healthy workplace,” said Heather McCleave of Public Services and Procurement Canada. “Not enough of us take the time to do that.”
The launch will begin in the morning with speeches, followed by the run at noon. The event is open to all federal public servants in Halifax.
It is being put together by a small team of volunteers responsible for the charitable campaign, in partnership with The Running Room.
“It’s to raise funds, for sure, but also to raise awareness for campaign itself,” said McCleave. “Every year we support more than 56 charities and more than 90 communities across Canada. Runners in Halifax will be running for their community.”
For more on Move for What Matters, visit here .