2019 Mother’s Day Race Donations

Doug Marshall (President: Team ORCA) and Donna de Bellefeuille (Race Director: Oceanside Mother’s Day Run), present cheques to Haven Society, Mid Island Distance Club and Forward House. Julie Field, branch manager and staff of the RBC, Qualicum with their donation to Haven Society through their Day of Service in the Oceanside community, providing 7 volunteers on race day.


Haven Society received $3252.32 from race proceeds. Along with the $1000. from R.B.C. Qualicum Beach, and an additional $656.48 from on-line donations at registration, a grand total of $5181.80 was raised for Haven Society. Chantal Lambert, Manager, Community Engagement for Haven Society accepting the cheque said “The Haven Society is so grateful for the support of the Oceanside Running Club.  Their Oceanside Mother’s Day Run was a huge success. The proceeds (from the race) will benefit our programs and services, including the Safe House which provides support to women, children, and youth who are experiencing domestic violence in the Oceanside area”.

A cheque  for $1762.66 was presented to long time coaches, and founding members of ORCA, Kim and Randy Longmuir for the Mid Island Distance Club, also recipients of  funds raised through online donations at registration. Mid Island Distance is a running club that is open to anyone Grade 8 and older who live on mid Vancouver Island and love to run cross-country, middle distance and distance. The goal is for athletes to improve their personal bests, feel successful about running and have fun. Three team members competed in the Youth National Championships in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, August 9-11 and other members were proud to achieve a personal best during the season. Every runner is supported and respected. Kim and Randy would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Team ORCA for their very generous and kind support of their club and youth in the community. Funds will be used toward helping to subsidize athlete competition costs, supporting athletes who require travel assistance, new hurdles and starting blocks.

 $1762.66 was presented to Sharon Welch, Executive Director for Forward House, Parksville. This also was in addition to monies raised through on-line donations at registration. Forward House is a compassionate and inclusive mid-Vancouver Island Community that provides adults who live with mental health challenges, the support and tools they need to enjoy full and independent lives. 

The Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) was also the recipient of $500 from race proceeds.  PEO is an organisation with a local chapter in the Oceanside area that promotes the advancement of women’s education through scholarships, grants, awards and loans.  A great connection was made when we learnt that Sharon Welch, Executive Director for Forward House attained her position through the support received from PEO when she applied to take her Masters Degree.

 We are thankful to everyone who helped make this event a success, especially to Pharmasave (Parksville), Mt Arrowsmith Brewing Company and Cascadia who so generously sponsored this event, and to RBC, Qualicum for their special contribution. We also thank the more than 30 businesses in the Oceanside Community who supported the event in many different ways.