Sinclair students run for a good cause

Students from Sinclair Secondary School pose with a CIBC Run for the Cure banner at Lakeview Park.

The numbers add up quite nicely for the CIBC Run for the Cure in Oshawa.

The run, held Oct. 6, marked its 20th year – and students from Whitby’s Sinclair Secondary School have been active participants for the past 10 of those years.

Fourteen students and two staff members from Sinclair ran in the annual charity event that raises money for breast cancer.

Students from Sinclair raised just over $1,400 for the run, says Sinclair teacher Roxanne Curtis, who also took part in the run. Most of the students serve on the school’s athletic council, she says.

Curtis says participating in charity events gives students a positive impact in the community.

“It gives them a view larger than themselves and they gain an appreciation,” says Curtis, adding it’s incredible to see people coming together to find a cure for breast cancer.

The Oshawa run officially attracted 1,954 people, raising about $330,000, with money still coming in until December, officials say. Held at Lakeview Park, 175 people volunteered at the event.

This year, the CIBC Run for the Cure raised more than $17 million in 57 communities across Canada, bringing its grand total to more than $462 million in its 20 years.

A Grade 11 student at Sinclair, Chloe Weldon, is humbled by her experience at the run.

“It makes me happy and proud being able to raise money and run for such an amazing cause,” says Weldon.

CIBC has already announced the 2020 run is scheduled for Oct. 4.