Sparks Fly!

The summer months of July and August are squarely behind us, bringing cooler weather for our early runs, balanced by diminished daylight as we sneak in our later runs. It also means a return to school for all the little penguins out there. Some children can find the classroom a tough environment in September, with carefree days still in recent memory, and the sun shining on green grass.

Thanks to your help, kids in East Hants elementary schools will now have a great outlet for their excessive energy on sunny September days… and dark February mornings! We are very excited to announce that SIX additional Sparks Fly stationary bikes are heading to area schools. They will be joining the two bikes we donated year, meaning Enfield, Elmsdale, Lantz and Shubenacadie elementary schools will each have two bikes.

How did we get here? We’d like to thank all of the runners that opted to support the Sparks Fly initiative. Choosing to bypass a well-deserved medal after a hard effort in a 5k can be a difficult decision, so we hope you enjoy the contribution you made to our area youth. We’d like to thank our sponsors, Enfield Pharmachoice and Strides Health and Fitness for supporting this endeavour, as well as several anonymous donors that contributed to the effort. The Municipality of East Hants was a great partner again this year, contributing significant funds to our Sparks Fly campaign – a special thanks to councillor John A. MacDonald for his support with our grant request. All of the above allowed for us to secure three Sparks Fly bikes, and our partners at Sparks Fly confirmed that the Province of Nova Scotia will match – getting us to six, sorry, SIX! bikes!

Thanks to all – we look forward to seeing what we can accomplish with your help in 2017!

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