Orillia couple wins $1,000 Early Bird prize in Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital 50/50 supporting Charlee’s Run

Charlee's Run honours those who have experienced prenatal and infant loss

from Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

Brian and Irene Nicol of Orillia are the lucky winners of Soldiers’ 50/50 $1,000 Early Bird Prize in support of Charlee’s Run. Raffle participants who acquired a ticket before April 16 were eligible for the Early Bird Draw.

Brian purchased his winning ticket on April 2 as a way to participate in the 5th Annual Charlee’s Run event. “I bought the ticket to support the OSMH Obstetrics Unit and to honour the memory of Charlee,” he shared. “As the parents of four children ourselves, my wife and I are glad to contribute to such a worthy cause. Every newborn deserves the best possible care and we sincerely hope that this equipment will assist the dedicated OSMH staff in providing it.”

Charlee’s Run is a 1 km/5 km Fun Run/Walk named in memory of Charlee Clare Holmes, started by her parents, Dave and Mallory Holmes. It has been held annually since 2017 at Couchiching Beach Park in honour of all those who have experienced prenatal and infant loss. All proceeds from this event support Neonatal and Paediatric needs at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

Soldiers’ 50/50 is a monthly online raffle in support of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital’s greatest needs. For the month of April, the proceeds are going toward a Panda Bedded Warmer with Resuscitation Unit through the support of Charlee’s Run. This vital piece of equipment puts all of the intervention tools in one place to give Soldiers’ healthcare teams the best possible chance at a successful outcome when a birth doesn’t go according to plan.

The 50/50 Grand Prize Draw, with a guaranteed prize of $5,000, will take place Saturday, May 8 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available online at Soldiers5050.ca. Next month’s 50/50 will open immediately following the announcement of the winner on May 8th and the funds raised will support Soldiers’ MRI Replacement Project.

“The Hospital is in need of five of these units,” shared Meaghan Byrnes, Development Officer with OSMH Foundation. “Through Charlee’s Run and the 50/50, we hope to raise enough funds to purchase two warmers. We’re so grateful to Brian and Irene and everyone else who has purchased tickets so far. We hope many more take the opportunity to do the same before the deadline.”

While the Nicols have no specific plans for their winnings just now, they “look forward to using it to do something fun while supporting the local economy when conditions permit.”

Charlee’s Run 2021 will take place May 8, 2021. Visit CharleesRun.com to register

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