Run participants to donate blood

The second annual Maud Run, on Saturday, Sept. 26, will raise awareness of the importance of blood donations.

The second annual Maud Run, on Saturday, Sept. 26, will raise awareness of the importance of blood donations.

The run will take place at Lakeshore Racquets Club beginning at 10 a.m. There is a choice of a one-, three- or five-kilometre course.

Race entry is by a blood donation, pledge for a blood donation, one match stem cell donation or donation of time.

Last year, around 150 runners and volunteers participated. The result was 50 new blood donors.

The non-competitive event is open for all ages and abilities.

The run was started in memory of Ellen Maud Lloyd, who created the Giant’s Head Run, Summerland Action Festival, Man of Steel Triathlon and Summerland Asset Development Initiative.

In February, 2013, Lloyd was diagnosed with leukaemia. While undergoing treatments at Vancouver General Hospital, she noticed the requirements for blood she and other leukaemia patients had. She decided the community should hold a community participation run, where entry would be by donating blood.

Lloyd died in January, 2014 and the first run was held in Summerland in October.

To donate blood at the Canadian Blood Services mobile clinics, book an appointment online at www.blood.ca.