The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) is less than two weeks away, and members of the Foundation’s #TeamHOPE can’t wait to tie-up their runners and hit the pavement in support of vulnerable kids across Canada!

This month, we’re profiling Leonie Tomlinson, a former member of Team HOPE.

Check out Leonie’s thoughts on the STWM and keeping active to support vulnerable kids:

CAFDN: When did you first become interested in joining the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM)?

Leonie: In 2010 the opportunity to fundraise and increase awareness of Corsage Project sparked my interest in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

CAFDN: What sort of running experience did you have before your first STWM run?

Leonie: Prior to my first STWM, I participated in a few walks. In addition to walking and occasional 5K racing, I joined The Running Room for a structured approach to running. The Running Room taught me how to focus on my pace, improve my form, and run faster.

CAFDN: How do you prepare for the run?

Leonie: Each run requires mental and physical fitness. Training includes running 3 -4 times per week, eating clean, and pushing myself to achieve a bit more each run. Running isn’t easy. I won’t lie to you, running wasn’t easy at first, but with each stride, I aim to push a bit more. Running it a healthy addiction!!!

CAFDN: What’s the best part of participating with Team HOPE?

Leonie: Team hope is an extraordinary group of like-minded individuals actively engaged in giving back to the community by way of walking, running, or volunteering to improve the quality of life of Toronto’s most vulnerable residents.

CAFDN: What advice do you have for first time STWM participants?

Leonie: Find a running club, train, train harder, and, most importantly, run for a cause, and have fun.

CAFDN: What does it mean to be supporting The Corsage Project?

Leonie: The Corsage Project is a rewarding environment powered by the generosity of volunteers. For many of us, mention of the word Prom conjures up wonderful memories and endless smiles, however, for many high school aged young women, all the attributes of prom – dress, hair, accessories, and transportation are burdensome financially. The Corsage Project alleviates financial burdens associated with purchasing prom attire and creates opportunity for young women to partake in their proms.

CAFDN: Why should others join Team HOPE in support of The Corsage Project?

Leonie: If you’re interested in donating your time or skill for improving the quality of life of fellow Torontonians, join Team HOPE in support of The Corsage Project. Team Hope and The Corsage Project are great vehicles for giving back to community, improving your personal skills, and meeting great friends along the way.

Interested in joining or supporting Team HOPE? Click here.

About The Author

The Children's Aid Foundation of Canada funds programs to help Canada's most vulnerable children and youth, those who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, overcome the obstacles in life that prevent them from reaching their full potential. We are committed to giving ongoing support to those who need it most.

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