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Never too young to make a difference

Wednesday August 26, 2020

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This year, 8-year-old Maya is participating in the Nature’s Emporium Run for Southlake – SL5K Virtual Challenge on her own two feet. But technically, she’s participated before. She was on the course for the first time in 2012, when her mother was eight months pregnant.

But this time around, Maya’s the one doing the heavy lifting. And she’s not just participating, she’s fundraising too! Putting her sewing skills to use, she launched Stay Safe & Stay Pretty – selling homemade face masks and matching scrunchies to help raise money towards her personal goal. Maya has been hard at work to keep up with the orders, and has already exceeded her personal fundraising goal by raising more than $400! (She and her mother estimate that they have made about 100  masks – WOW!)

Maya is part of the Pickering College Pumas team, participating in the Community Friends & Family team challenge category. Her fundraising has helped the team collectively raise more than $2,000 – and they’re not slowing down.

Join Maya today in supporting new and replacement medical tools, equipment and technology that is vital to patient care. Visit runforsouthlake.ca to donate to the event, or help any participant or team reach their fundraising goal.

Want to get involved? Register today at runforsouthlake.ca and join us September 23rd to 27th, 2020 for the SL5K Virtual Challenge – a virtual 5-day kilometre challenge to see just how much ground you can cover to support your local hospital. Fun for all ages and abilities, participate in ANY distance-based activity (run, walk, bike, row…whatever strikes your mood!) with ANY distance goal.