Vankleek Hill, Ontario – The Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada took place today (Saturday July 8) in the Eastern Ontario community of Vankleek Hill, and participants raised an impressive total of $30,000 for Ovarian Cancer Canada. 241 participants each covered the 5K distance either walking or running at the fundraising event, which started and finished at local craft brewery Beau’s. Participants were rewarded with a cold glass of beer for their hard work.
Now in its third year, the event is inspired by Vankleek Hill local and running enthusiast Ashley Cowan, and her own diagnosis and journey with ovarian cancer. The first-year fundraiser took place on a small scale, but grew significantly for the 2016 edition. Added to the amounts raised in previous years, the total money raised by the Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada now amounts to $45,058. $2,000 of this year’s total was contributed by the Vankleek Hill Scotiabank’s community fund-matching initiative.
Cowan, who now lives in Ottawa but was raised in Vankleek Hill, is grateful for the community support that has made the event an ongoing success. Says Cowan, “It is amazing to see the amount of support there has been for this event, locally in Vankleek Hill, from nurses, friends and runners in Ottawa, and complete strangers. Every year this event has surpassed my expectations and I want to thank everyone who has donated, participated, and collected donations for it. I hope this has helped to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms, and that by sharing my story and what to look out for, I have had some part in helping at least one woman get diagnosed earlier.”
“The Beau’s 5K in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada is quickly becoming an annual tradition and we are grateful to the powerhouse team of volunteers bringing forward the event again this year,” says Elisabeth Baugh, CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada. “Funds raised enable important programs in support, awareness and research to address ovarian cancer and help ensure that women with this disease live fuller, better and longer lives.”
Beau’s Brewery announced last year a 10-year goal of raising $5 million for charity, community building and independent arts, so getting involved with events like Cowan’s and helping them grow is all part of the plan. In its first 10 years of beer-making, Beau’s fundraising efforts totaled $1 million, with close to half of that accomplished through its signature annual fundraising event, Beau’s Oktoberfest. This fall Beau’s Oktoberfest is targeting a $75,000 fundraising target – benefiting charities are to be announced later this month.