Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project
Annual Report 2014-2015
This is already our fourth year in operation! Our 5th Alive to Strive Race / Course Vivre ses defis was definitely our smoothest race event yet, with big fundraising goals attained. In 2014-2015, our Active Living Grant Committee has awarded 21 personalized training grants, as well as 33 group training grants between our “Let’s Get Moving Group Class” and our “5K training group”, both in partnership with the Ottawa Osteopathy and Sport Therapy. These classes continue to be a huge success to a population who would otherwise not feel comfortable doing exercises alone. We continue to notice major changes in grant recipients, as well as hear from hospital staff about how much they say they enjoy exercising. The staff at the Home Dialysis Unit at the Riverside Hospital started wearing our past Alive to Strive Race Shirts as a fundraising campaign as well as promoting the race and grant program to patients by wearing their shirts on Wednesday/clinic day. We have given grants across the region of the LHIN (Cornwall – Pembroke) and developed great partnerships with staff personnel in the hospitals as well as in the community.
More than 700 participants came out to help celebrate the Alive to Strive Race 2015 Course Vivre ses defis 5th anniversary race on Sunday, April 26, 2015. We raised over $30,000.00 for Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project and over $20,000.00 for charities (Kidney Foundation of Canada – Patient Care Program $3,809.92, Canadian Diabetes Association $751.03, Kidney Research Centre $16,458.34). Alive to Strive has now raised over $100,000 for its active living grant program and over $50,000 for charities in the last 5 years! Our wonderful race committee also managed to raise $24,650 in sponsorship to cover all expenses to put the race together. Once again, 100% of participants’ registration fees went directly to Alive to Strive. With the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Ottawa this summer, we were able to team up with them and be part of their promotion of the 100 mini balls hidden in Ottawa. The 3Kg Challenge team was once again a success with Radio and TV hosts, OPP officer, doctors and Miss Intercontinental 2014 as participants. This year’s race went as smoothly as it could, with only smiles on the race course and under the tent from participants, volunteers and spectators.
The year’s success is attributable to the hard work of our 3 committees: our 14 members of the Race Committee, our Grant Committee of 5 and the tireless efforts by our Board Members. We’ve had an incredible year with a race event and interest of the community that keeps growing every year. We must also mention the help and involvement of a local company who has helped us start group training, adapted to individuals living with chronic kidney disease; Ottawa Osteopathy and Sport Therapy. We are also very lucky to continue receiving financial support from generous sponsors.
The Alive to Strive Active Living Grant Program keeps growing, as well as its impact in the kidney community. As grant recipients receive kidney transplants, we receive applications from new applicants.
Presented to Annual General Meeting, January 4th 2016