Brown left Fort St. John just before 11 a.m. this morning led by a pilot truck and followed by an RV that will serve as her home as she runs the equivalent of a marathon every day. In total, she’ll be running a distance of 357 kilometres, which is expected to take her between 10 and 14 days.
This morning, Chair of the Northern Lights Recovery Centre Society Bruce Lantz explained that the pledges made for this run will go to help solve the problem of abuse in our community.
“This is just another step along the path to getting a drug and alcohol recovery centre in the Fort St. John area, but serving all the people of northeastern B.C. ,” he says. “We have hundreds, if not thousands, of families, businesses and industries that are affected by the abuse of drugs and alcohol every single year. We wanted to put together a facility that would be here so that people would have to travel to Alberta or to the lower mainland to get the kind of help they need to turn their lives around.”
The Run for Recovery was Brown’s idea, as she wanted to give back to the community after it supported her hometown of the Babine Lake First Nation after the fatal sawmill explosion last year through a walking fundraiser she held. Before she left this morning, she explained that when Lantz approached her with the idea, she said yes right away.
“Looking back at how much I raised for the victims and their families, , for my hometown, when I did the 30 hour walk, I just wanted to do it,” she said. “It definitely is a huge honour, and I’m very, very grateful that I’m here now to give back to the city of Fort St. John.”
A celebration will be held upon her return.