Allow us to introduce ourselves as the new chairs of the Am Echad Walk/Run for Jewish Education in Ottawa. As parents of young children in the Ottawa Jewish community, we are excited to be involved in such a wonderful, fun-filled, annual event. For the many different Jewish schools across the city, this is the perfect opportunity to raise funds for each school’s individual needs.
Although we are aware we have big shoes to fill following Julie Ross and Mitch Miller, it is with great excitement that we are kicking off the new Am Echad Walk/Run 2015 taking place on Sunday, June 7. We listened to the voices of our community and are implementing many changes based on your feedback and hope you will register your family for the special day in support of Jewish education at Ottawa’s day schools and supplementary schools.
For starters, we are thrilled to announce a reduced family registration rate of $36, or $20 per individual. That’s right, you read correctly. We are trying to make it easier and more accessible for families to register; and, by doing so, we really encourage you and your family to aim high in your fundraising target. Don’t forget, the registration fee is to cover the cost of the event, but the pledges you receive from family and friends go to the school of your choice.
Secondly, this year’s event will take place from 3 to 6 pm, instead of in the morning. That means sleep-in for some, Hebrew school in the morning for others, and will allow us to all come together later in the day to support the same great cause.
With our usual route scheduled to be under heavy construction, there will now be two options for participants to choose from: a 3-km walk to Agudath Israel Congregation and back; or a family friendly, Greco class taught by Tony Greco himself! Both options will start together with a community warm-up and will finish at the same time, followed by a cool down. We will also have the New Hot 89.9 Street Team on site to keep the energy high!
This year, we are offering students from all schools the opportunity to enter our T-shirt design contest. The winner will have his or her drawing on this year’s T-shirt for all to wear! Please ask your school for the contest details. Entries will be judged by Jewish Federation of Ottawa Vice-President of Community Building Bram Bregman.
There will be a ton of fun games for all ages, a walking magician, face painters, inflatables and a delicious Creative Kosher meat meal to end the day.
We are encouraging everyone in the community to register and participate in this important day. Young or old, we want to see you all come out and support Jewish Education on June 7!
Visit http://amechadwalkrun.com/ for more information or to register to participate. We can’t wait to see you there.
Want to volunteer? We would love to have you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.