2012 Walkathon in Photos
Our 8th annual, 2012 walkathon in photos, when we pray and walk/jog/cycle in memory of Mark Jenkins, and to raise funds for Western Tract Mission's ministry projects took place on June 16th. It always falls on the Saturday before Father's Day. This year we had a bright sunny day after many days of rain, so all were enthusiastic and happy to be taking part. A number of people joined us who had never done this before!
Although most of the participants met at the Kinsmen Park where we staked out some picnic tables and set up Joe's barbecue, all but Harold Barth, who stayed by "the food stuff" car-pooled to the north end of Spadina. There we checked in with Barb Jenkins, who provided each one with the plastic pocket holding our instructions and prayer list to wear around the neck.
Arnold called everyone to attention We gathered in a circle, and Barb made some opening remarks about how this walkathon began, and what it has meant over these years. This walkathon has been a special way for their family to honour their memory of Mark.
Here Joe Homontowski is reading the devotional thought for the occasion.
We are always glad when families come as a whole to take part in the walkathon, and this year our friend Hugh Pineault had brought his wife and two small children to join in. (Last year Hugh and Arnold had walked together in the rain).
Yes, our annual photo of the Walkathon participants!
Ivy and Ruth caught a ride back to the Kinsmen with Archie Loewen. They found Harold Barth reading the newspaper while staying "by the food stuff" and Joe's barbecue.
They looked over the food supplies. This was the first time Ivy had been at the Walkathon, but she showed herself a great worker. (Which we already know about her as a Corrector at the office).
Ivy and Ruth picked a table in the sunshine, and got to work reviewing all the sponsorship monies that had been collected and turned in. That led to the list of who should get the gift cards and certificates which were handed out as prizes after the picnic.
The first to arrive was Allen Martens, who had volunteered to be at the half-way refreshment post, to give out drinks of water and snacks. That told us that the walkers were on the home stretch.
Shortly after Penny Homontowski and Linda Porter arrived. They had become too tired to continue, but they just had to come up from the path to Spadina and Frank Porter was cruising back and forth to pick up just such, who found they could not walk the whole distance of 7.5 km (or 5 miles). They were glad to settle into the picnic area in the shade.
Next to arrive were Nancy Henderson, (the newest volunteer in Ruth's department), and her friend Jane Peterson. They came carrying a rice crispy cake. Yum!
They had tried to meet up with two other friends downtown before they arrived to take part in the walkathon but missed them.
Priscilla came striding in. She had walked with a couple of other ladies, but stopped to chat when she met her aunt, who offered a check of support! Somehow Priscilla managed to pass her walking friends and arrived ahead of them.
However, she and her husband had another commitment some three-hour drive away, so she left almost immediately.
Next to arrive were Pete Buhler, a Board member, and his brother-in-law, Peter Doerksen. They carried a cooler with the watermelons! Both had completed the walk.
Susan Buhler, Pete's wife, and also a Board member, is off to the right, bringing lawn chairs.
Now Arnold Stobbe, our Director, (age 84), came striding in! That usually means the last of the walkers has arrived as he normally brings up the rear to watch for stragglers.
This time, Priscilla knew there were some others yet to show up, who had started out late, and from a different direction. She was about to go back to hunt for them, but then they showed up!
Finally the four friends met up, who had missed each other before!
Barb Jenkins always brings a beautiful Costco cake in memory of their son Mark. This adds a touch of class to the picnic meal, which this time consisted of tasty venison sausage on a bun, (and choices of condiments), and a large, sweet watermelon. Bottled water has proved to be most popular as the beverage.
Hugh is just checking for another barbecued sausage. Fortunately there were just enough for everyone to have as many as they wished.
When the eating was about done, Joe Homontowski announced the amount raised. At the picnic, nearly $6000 had been gathered, but more came into the office in the days that followed. So far that has gone up to $7,500 and these funds are all going to the Impact Canada mailing later this year.
While people were resting, some in the shade and some in the sunshine, Joe also called up the ones who had raised the most (after Arnold and Priscilla, who declined prizes), and allowed them a choice of the gift cards in his hand. Susan and Pete Buhler were next, but were unfortunately over-looked in the prizes. The winners who received gift cards were; Wayne Berg, Barb Jenkins, Hugh Pineault, Linda Porter, and Carolyn Loewen.
We praise God for this very successful Walkathon fund-raiser, and for all who took part. May the Lord bless each one, and the money raised to the spreading of the gospel through the mailing of "There is Hope" to Newfoundland.