The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Charity Challenge is just over a month away and many runners are in full training mode. We recently interviewed Matt Boudreau who is fundraising for the Inn! Matt does not describe himself as a runner but was inspired to lace up for family homelessness when he learned about the Inn a few months ago. See his page and support his goal here.
“42.2 Kilometers is more than I have ever run or ever thought of running. My longest run to date is 11.4kms done in 59minutes. I am not a runner, but it’s not about me, it’s about something more than me,” said Matt. “It’s about children in our city living difficult lives entirely outside their control. It’s about giving those children and their families an avenue to not only get necessary housing but to benefit from resources, meals, basic necessities of life that many of us take for granted. It’s about not allowing children to suffer mentally, physically, emotionally from the financial strain their family is under. It’s about the awfully long winter we have had and ensuring no child or family is kept to suffer through cold days and nights without shelter. It’s about being the best human I can be by looking after those around who do not have the full means to look after themselves. It’s about raising funds and awareness for the Inn.”
Matt set a fundraising goal of $2,500 in hopes that his journey from non-runner to marathon runner would create buzz in his own networks and even in the community! “I set a stretch goal of $2500 in fundraising,” explained Matt. “$2,500 can provide 100 children with footwear needed to run like an average child – I went through a lot of sneakers as a child. It can give 500 children healthy morning snacks, the basis for growth and proper development – I know I ate a lot of snacks as a child. It can make a big difference in the lives of those less fortunate than I am – I know I was given my fair share of challenges but I was also given many opportunities to live a better life.”
Watch our full interview with Matt here: