When Craig McCallum sent out a message to people within the Wind Group to “walk, run or crawl” five kilometres on Sunday for the Terry Fox Foundation, he says he expected he and his wife, and maybe a few others, would be participating.
He was surprised to have 15 people join the group, and also delighted at how much fun they had, he says.
The brand director of Wind Group in Niagara, which includes three brands, East Izakaya, Wind Japanese & Thai, and Ma Chinese Cuisine, in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines, says the team of employees ran and walked from Simcoe Park. Although there was no official run this year, they chose to take the route on the map Joan King recommended, which is the traditional run route, and 58 minutes later, all met back at the park, raising more than $500.
This was their first time participating in the run, and were there at the invitation of King, who had met the McCallums at Empty Bowls Charity as a volunteer.
Taking part in the run along with McCallum and his wife were the CEO of the company, Shane Connolly, and his wife, president Peter Li, regional manager Philip She and many other staff, including family members and children.
McCallum says the Terry Fox Run “has been part of all of our lives and it was a perfect match for our company core values, one of them being
passion and another being
The Group does community work in St. Catharines at Empty Bowls, Grape and Wine, and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, and this was an opportunity to reach out to the NOTL community.