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July 21 - Queen’s Park

21 July 2009 No Comment

img_0222_0.jpg July 21, 2009
Stage 21
Bowmanville, ON to Toronto, ON.

Stage 21 of the Children’s Run Across Canada began with great enthusiasm as the runners were keen to finish off the day at the historic Queen’s Park in the heart of downtown Toronto! The team was excited to have a special group of children and youth join them for the day. Both teams were able to run together for the first time which was lots of fun!

Everyone departed from Scarborough Gurdwara, reaching our end point in Oshawa from the day before. After Tajinder Kaur did the Ardas, the day began and both teams did a great job, covering long distances.

However, the highlight of the day was watching some of our youngest runners carry the Nishan Sahib down the streets of Toronto! Some ran with their parents, others ran with siblings or relatives – with lots of energy and enthusiasm! Even our youngest runners, Fateh Singh and Daya Kaur, both at 2 years old, couldn’t get enough of running and kept asking to more running! It was truly inspiring for the older runners and we are all waiting with excitement until the day these children take over the torch for GGSCF!

Running down the streets of Ajax, we were met by some familiar and friendly faces! Thanks to Surjit Mann, Ajmer Sidhu, and Ranbir Perhar for providing the runners with a delicious lunch! Rogers TV also came out to interview the runners and Pardeep Sanghera explained to them how and why the run is happening.

With all the runners re-energized, the team continued, running through Pickering on Hwy 2, Scarborough, then along Queen Street in the Beaches, and finally reaching the Lakeshore. We had two Police Toronto Police Officers on bicycles assist us along the route in Scarborough. With a beautiful, clear view of the CN Tower and infamous Toronto Skyline ahead, runners ran into downtown Toronto with smiles on their faces, anticipating their arrival at Queen’s Park. As we ran down the Lakeshore, the rain started, but it was greeted with much happiness as the runners felt like it was a blessing from Waheguru! A group of runners then ran down Blue Jays Way, eventually reaching University Avenue all the while smiling, waving and telling Torontonians leaving work for the day about the Children’s Run Across Canada!

Everyone re-grouped at Nathan Phillips Square where we were met by supporters, and even received donations! Runners were eagerly awaiting seeing their family and friends at the finish line.
The entire team then headed towards Queen’s Park as police regulation did not allow for the entire group to run together. Reminiscent to the final stretch up Parliament Hill in Ottawa back in 1999, runners lined the pathway leading to the Queen’s Park building, while the rain came pouring down! Everyone eagerly awaited the Nishan Sahib to arrive with Panveer and Sarpreet. As both runners made their way up the path, they were greeted with cheers, claps, and an immense amount of enthusiasm and pride! A crowd of approximately 100 to 150 people came out to Queen’s Park, despite the heavy down pour! Thank you to everyone for coming!

Jasmine took the podium and one by one, dignitaries and members of Toronto and the Sikh communities in Toronto commended the GGSCF on their remarkable mission. Among them was Minister David Caplan, MPs Maria Minna, Bonnie Crombie, Yasmin Ratansi, Navdeep Bains, Gerrard Kennedy, Gurbax Malhi, Ontario Gurdwara Parbandhak Committees, Sanjha Virsa Sports and Cultural Academy as well as various members of the TV, Radio and Print Media. Representatives from Sick Kids Hospital as well as Plan Canada also attended and accepted our donation.

July 21 was incredibly successful and the support and love felt at Queen’s Park provided the much needed motivation for the Centre Team to continue forward. A nice early ending, allowed runners to relax at home and get ready for another full day!
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