Hard hats, work boots, and power tools were swapped for capes, masks, and tights as a local home builder led a campus of crusaders on a heroic effort for the children’s treatment and rehabilitation centre.
Marz Homes, a local construction stalwart since 1968, joined the Superhero Run this year as a major sponsor with the hope of giving back to the communities where they build their houses.
“At Marz Homes, we have always strived to build not only homes for families but communities for those families to live and thrive in,” said Dani Gabriele, Project Manager, Marz Homes. “Niagara Children’s Centre is an amazing organization that helps give back to those same families with the rehabilitation and support needed to help empower their children. This type of work is something Marz has always valued and are proud to support.”
On Saturday, Oct. 14, staff from the homebuilder traded their construction gear for their favorite superhero costumes as they gathered at Brock University to support the worthy cause.
“Without the help of the community, the Children’s Centre would not be able to provide much-needed physical and developmental support to the children and youth they serve. This type of community support is so vital in taking care of all those who make this community their home,” said Gabriele.
Niagara Children’s Centre was proud to host the ninth edition of the annual fun run, an event that drew nearly 600 people, including more than 400 participants, hundreds of volunteers, vendors, and sponsors.
“It’s a beloved tradition for the families we serve and the wider community,” said Oksana Fisher, CEO, Niagara Children’s Centre. “We were delighted to connect with families, donors, and sponsors face-to-face, offering an inclusive and safe experience for all.”
Inclement weather forced this year’s event inside Brock’s campus, but that didn’t stop families from embracing the moment and enjoying a memorable morning together. A modified 1K route could be seen winding the halls of the Plaza and Cairns buildings as participants engaged in various superhero-themed activities, such as archery, axe-throwing, cone smashing and box destruction.
Participants who completed all the activities received a collectible medal, instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment among the children and youth in attendance.
Despite significant rainfall, this year’s event proved to be a tremendous success, raising $112,610 – the largest in the Centre’s history. Fisher hailed this achievement as a testament to the remarkable community spirit in Niagara.
“We are amazed by the incredible support from our community, who continue to come out and support our events – rain or shine,” she remarked. “The Superhero Run plays an important role in ensuring we can meet the therapy and support needs of children and youth residing in the Niagara region.”
The event, designed to be accessible and barrier-free, brought together families associated with the Centre and community supporters, all united by the common goal of having fun and raising funds to support Niagara Children’s Centre.
About Niagara Children’s Centre:
Niagara Children’s Centre provided rehabilitation and support services to more than 5,300 children and youth last year across the Niagara Region with physical, developmental and communicative delays. The range of services include: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language services, augmentative and alternative communication, family services and therapeutic recreation.