Thank goodness youth was on his side. For his 80th birthday celebrations, Bob Wordham wanted to raise money for CameronHelps and its Team Unbreakable programs. So he decided to run in the Mississauga Half Marathon held Sunday May 7. To help him complete the 21K distance, he enlisted the support of his grandchildren to run alongside him for the final 2K.
The entourage of run supporters also included his son and daughter and CameronHelps Executive Director Carl Worrell. “It was a once in a lifetime experience for me,” says Bob. “I was relieved to have done it and was really pleased that I had accomplished one of my fundraising goals. I also thought about the people and companies that had sponsored me – just so many incredible people,” he says. “It was wonderful to have Carl with me for the whole run and I thanked him for his support – he was a great help!”
Bob was able to raise $88,000 – by far the largest single donation that CameronHelps has received since its origins in 2006. “I cannot thank my sponsors enough. There are so many great people who have given willingly to help youth mental health and the efforts of Team Unbreakable. The support is fantastic. We can build on this within the general community to ensure we take this program across the province and then the whole country,” he adds.
His fundraising website www.hacksawcrusade.com is open until July 2 and will accept donations until that time.