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Running and walking for Noor

Successful fundraiser held for Syrian woman

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 3, 2017

ROTHESAY, N.B. – She is still thousands of kilometres away, but Noor Ogli got a little closer to Rothesay, N.B. yesterday.
The community hosted the Run for Noor fundraiser Sunday morning, as efforts continue to bring the Syrian law student, injured in a bomb attack, to Canada to live.
“We had a great day,” said race director Daryl Steeves. “The weather was a bit cold and snowy but we were pleased with the enthusiastic group. It was a true community event with families including kids and dogs.”
Steeves had hoped to raise several hundred dollars from the event, which was part of ongoing fundraising efforts. Another main goal for the event was to raise awareness about the cause, and it appeared to be successful on both fronts.

Participants gather prior to starting the Run for Noor in Rothesay, N.B. on Sunday, April 2.

Photo courtesy of Daryl Steeves

“We exceeded our fundraising goal by over 30 per cent,” he said. “People were actually pulling their cars over to make donations.”
The event included a 5K run, and a 1K option for children 12 and under.
Top finishers were James Walker, with a time of 23:46, followed by Jodi Millett at 24:23 and Rod Eagles at 24:39. Top females were Victoria Clowater at 24:45, Connie Coffin at 24:51 and Mata Kelly at 25:21.
Clowater found out about the event on Facebook, and drove from Fredericton to take part.
“Noor and I are the same age, and her story really resonates with me,” she said. “I am not part of the local community, but the positive energy and the community spirit was really palpable among the attendees and organizers.”
As for the race itself, she said she had a great time.
“I was so impressed with how well the event was run, especially since it was its first year,” said Clowater. “The course was a full five kilometres, which is always really great when you’re aiming for a personal best.”
Wayne Arrowsmith and his wife, Sonya Cogswell, walked the route because they wanted to support the cause.
“The run/walk was located on quiet residential streets in Kennebecasis Park, which borders the Kennebecasis River,” said Arrowsmith. “It was a cloudy morning with light winds and temperatures hovering around freezing. All in all, it was a great day for a walk around K Park.”