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October 27, 2016
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178 people participated in the Brent MacFarlane Early Bird Run.
178 people participated in the Brent MacFarlane Early Bird Run.

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Student-organized charity run raises nearly $4,000 for Parkinson’s research

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Apr 16/08

WATERLOO — A charity run organized by a group of Laurier kinesiology students for a class project received a strong show of support, attracting 178 participants and raising almost $4,000 for Laurier’s Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC).

Ashley Harvey and her fellow group members held the Brent MacFarlane Early Bird Run on March 30. The run included three- and 10-kilometre distances. The event fulfilled a requirement of the group’s third-year Organization and Administration of Sport and Physical Activity class, which requires students to organize a community event that will benefit a charity.

“It was such an amazing opportunity to organize an event like this,” says Harvey. “This was the most valuable learning experience I have had in the kinesiology program here at Laurier.”

The students’ charity of choice was the MDRC, which studies brain function and how it relates to movement disorders. The centre also develops new rehabilitation strategies for patients with Parkinson’s disease. The funds raised will help further the development of a rehabilitation studio and research facilities.

“I was really amazed to see the number of KPE students that came out to support the centre, as well as the numbers from the community,” says Dr. Quincy Almeida, director of the MDRC. “Overall, the event was a tremendous success.”

Stacey Morrison
Public Affairs


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