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Papa Walks 4 Kids

A personal campaign sponsored by Mackay Family & Friends

August 27, 2023

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Papa Walks Again! August 27-31, 2023

Russell Mackay, Papa to many, has a big heart for kids.  He raised over $120,000 forCHEO in 2020 by walking 125 km from Beachburg to Ottawa with great support from family, friends, companies and many CHEO families and supporters.  While this would be a big goal for anyone, Papa’s journey is even more inspirational as he was 82 at the time, diabetic and legally blind. 

Now he's 85 years young, but that doesn't stop him.  Since selling the family farm a few years ago, Russell walks up and down the sidewalks of Beachburg every day.  He’s decided to take that walking on the road for 50 kms through the Pontiac region where he grew up to help CHEO.  

After speaking with CHEO this summer, he’s decided they need our help again.  They are launching their 1 Door 4 Care campaign to build more rooms and capacity, with wait times too long and families having to go to different hospitals for care.  With your help, he would like to raise $30,000 to get that Papa Walks total to over $150,000!

Why? When he was losing his sight about 15 years ago, he started going to an eye specialist in Ottawa attached to CHEO. Seeing the sick children always touched his heart and he vowed he would do what he could to help.  

Papa is doing the walking and has committed to put in the first $2000 to get this fund kickstarted. He would love to get that total to over $150,000! 

We will have a trailer and convoy to walk with him and hope you, your family and colleagues will join in.  Many laughs and stories will be shared along the way, all with heart for the cause.   

See the daily maps and follow the journey on the Papa Walks 4 Kids 202 Facebook event page. We will update the times/locations for each town shortly.  

What can you do to help?   #PapaWalks4Kids  #Hero4CHEO   Join us. Help spread the word. Donate today and let's shatter his fundraising goals!

Corporate Partners:  Do you have a business or organization that operates in the Pontiac, Ottawa Valley or Ottawa Region? 

Silver Sponsor of the Day:  $500+   Gold Overall Event Sponsor: $1000+

Join in with some corporate support and get some great recognition on the Papa Walks 4 Kids event page and social media!  

Email with your logo to become a #PapaWalks4Kids partner.

When:  August 27-31st, 2023

Where: Kicking off in Portage on Sunday August 27th. Walking through Fort Colonge, Quyon, Campbell’s Bay, Otter Lake, Ladysmith and Charteris to Shawville on August 31st for the opening of the Fair.

Join us anywhere along the walk and particularly for the kickoff and arrival parties: 

KICKOFF:  August 27th departing Portage du Fort Anglican Church parking area at 11:00 a.m.   

Join us with your noisemakers and best cheers for kickoff and walk with him! 

ARRIVAL:  Thursday, August 31st arriving at the Shawville Fair at approximately 6:30 p.m. and joining the Opening ceremonies at 7:00 p.m.