No lazy Sunday for Ottawa fundraisers - Metro US

No lazy Sunday for Ottawa fundraisers

On March 6, 2006, Lisa Kadosa’s father, Robert Nesbitt, was crushed to death under a three-ton platform while working at a nickel mine in Sudbury.

Kadosa believes his death could have been avoided if a piece of equipment that interfered with a scoop he was operating had been put away properly. At the time, it was common practice not to do so because it took too much time.

“He didn’t see it, or know that it was there or I’m convinced he would have come home that day,” she said.

On Sunday, Kadosa and her family will be walking for victims of workplace tragedy in the Steps for Life 5K walk at city hall.

Sian Gibson, spokesperson for event organizer Threads for Life, said they are expecting 5,000 people to take part in two walks across the country.

This Sunday is possibly Ottawa’s busiest fundraising day of the year.

The biggest event this weekend is the CN Cycle for CHEO. Nearly 5,000 cyclists will be riding through downtown Ottawa to raise almost half a million dollars for pediatric cancer treatment.

For years, the ride was held at the Nortel Campus in west Ottawa, but uncertainty over the future of Nortel meant it was necessary to find a new location, said CHEO Foundation spokesperson Kevin Keohane.

While cyclists ride along the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River Parkway, 800 people will be walking for Kids Help Phone in Vincent Massey Park.

Kids Help Phone Eastern Ontario co-ordinator Morah MacDonald said they expect to raise $140,000 in Ottawa and a total of $3 million from walks taking place in more than 50 communities — the equivalent of one-quarter of the Kids Help Phone budget, said spokesperson Virginia Middleton.

In its third year, the Multifaith Housing Initiative’s Tulipathon, held Sunday at Commissioners Park, is aiming to raise $15,000, said co-ordinator Penny Annand.

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