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Run for Joy partners with SPCA

Annual Fredericton event scheduled for April 22

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 5, 2017

FREDERICTON – This year’s Run for Joy will not only help serve the community’s people, but it will also lend to hand to the area’s pet population.
The annual fundraiser for the Joy Cares Mission, scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 22, will split its proceeds this year with the Fredericton SPCA.
The partnership was another way to serve a great community group, and make new friends, according to Joel Flores, manager of the Joy FM Network, a Fredericton Christian radio station. By teaming up, he explained both not-for-profit organizations take care of some fundraising but also reach new people.

Participants warm up prior to heading out for last year’s Run for Joy in Fredericton.

Photo courtesy of Joel Flores

“We can throw our nets wider, and get everyone who loves and appreciates the SPCA, and connect them with people who support what we do with Joy,” said Flores. “A lot of those paths cross because all of us adopt pets from the SPCA or somewhere else, and we have an audience of people who do that and care about animals as well. It just felt like a natural thing.”
The Run for Joy includes a 10K and 5K walk/run, as well as a one-mile small dog walk, and is entering its third year as an event. It is hosted by the Joy Cares Mission, the hands-on volunteer-oriented branch of the Joy FM Network. Flores described the Joy Cares Mission as the “hands and feet” of the organization, focused on serving the community and unifying churches, organizations, businesses and individuals in need.
The run came about as another fun, community-driven way to kick off Care for Joy Week, a time of fundraising and showcasing what the mission does, and the healthy partnerships it enjoys across the city.
“The Run for Joy became a fun, celebratory kind of thing,” said Flores. “In the first year we finished off the Care for Joy Week with the run, but decided last year, why not kick it off with the run? It’s really to get people together, promoting the community, health and all those kinds of things.”
The event drew 82 participants in its first year, and grew that number last year to 130. This year has already seen a lot of pre-registrations, from people as far away as Calgary, Alta., and Flores is hoping to continue growing this year.
“People around Fredericton usually wait until the last minute, but I’m hoping for at least 200 or more,” he said. “We’re going to have a lot of vendors, a food truck, massage tables… it’s going to be a really fun, family-friendly event.”
Both routes begin and end at the Joy FM studio at Henry Park on MacLaren Avenue, across the bridge along the walking trail, with the 10K route advancing further along the trail before turning back.
For more information on the Run for Joy, visit here .