- Nov 15, 2017
A Message from Simon Williams
Last Friday evening, I announced the launch of a fundraising campaign called Mountains and Marathon that is being done in partnership with Centron Construction Group's President Wayne Benz. Together, we will bike and run 289 miles - one mile for every student who attends Foothills Academy - in one day. We will overcome the challenge of mountains and marathons to reflect the challenges that students with Learning Disabilities have daily; overcoming our own learning mountains and giving marathon efforts in the classroom.
I have committed to ride my bike from Jasper to Calgary, (yes, the Jasper on the other side of the Icefield’s Parkway), going up over the Columbia Icefields, over Bow Summit, past Lake Louise, through Banff and home to Calgary. This is a ride that is normally suggested to take 6 days to complete. However, I will do these 263 miles in one day!
I will start the ride at 7 am on Saturday, May 26, 2018, and finish (hopefully) at the Saddledome at 7 am on Sunday, May 27, 2018; which is incidentally when the Calgary Marathon starts. There, I will pass over a baton to Centron's Wayne Benz, who will run the 26 miles of the marathon to finish the journey so that in total we will cover one mile for every student in one day.
All funds raised through this initiative will be directed to the Foothills Academy Bursary Fund which has more demand on it than ever before. By pledging to support our efforts to conquer Mountains and Marathons, you will be directly making a difference to the lives of so many children and families in Calgary affected by Learning Disabilities. You can help them access specialized programs and resources that will help them conquer their Learning Disabilities and become the individuals they are capable of becoming. We hope that we can count on your support and spread the word to your friends and family to also support this initiative.
If you already donated towards Mountains & Marathon at Fall Funtasia, thank you very much! We are thrilled that we have raised over $10,000 already.
If you didn’t get a chance to donate toward this initiative on Friday night, you can now donate online through Canada Helps anytime or call Melissa at the front desk to give your pledge (403.270. 9400). All donations are eligible to receive a donation tax receipt.
We are all in this together. Being a strong community of parents, stakeholders, staff and students makes Foothills what it is. For that, I would like to thank each and every one of you.
Foothills Academy Society
Mountains & Marathon