Creating lasting memories

"You can’t beat the energy on that day.  You feel invigorated and challenged.”

This is how Julie Murray describes her experience participating in the Charity Challenge at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.  This will be Julie’s third year participating in the event and she is eager to get going.

As a Therapeutic Recreationist at Ontario Shores, raising money is not the first thing that Julie would do, however this has become a natural part of her desire to help support the mental health cause.

“I chose to get involved because I personally know clients who face difficulties daily and who struggle to recover from their mental illness.  It has touched my own family,” shares Julie. 

Julie has walked the 5k in the past and gotten donations from her families and friends who believed she could do it.  This year she plans to walk the half marathon.  She loves the social aspect of participating and feels it is something you can do at your own pace.

“This is a summer challenge for me on many levels.  I want to personally see how much I can do physically and I also want to see how much money I can raise, as I take this opportunity to give back in a very meaningful way. It is a way for me to do something different,” Julie states.

Julie thinks this is a great way for others to get involved as well.  Apart from the personal victory in making it across the finish line, Julie shares that there are a number of incentives for participating including receiving a medal and a commemorative t-shirt.  Parking in downtown Toronto on race day won’t be an issue either, as participants will be bussed to the event.

“Just thinking about the day makes me smile. It is a good memory to have. I say to others thinking about participating to just try.  It is a great way to stretch yourself while supporting programs and services that assist individuals living with mental illness in their journey to recovery - a great cause.”

Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health was selected as one of three Featured Charities from a list of over 170 local charities participating in the Charity Challenge of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 18, 2015.