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Run For Newmarket raises $25,000 for Blue Door and Newmarket Food Pantry

October 18, 2022

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With a passion for community building, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) brought people together for a great cause.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), Newmarket Chapter held their inaugural Run For Newmarket on Oct 2, 2022 at Fairy Lake Park to support two local charities, Newmarket Food Pantry and Blue Door.Approximately $25,000 were raised with a participation of more than 250 people from diverse backgrounds and more than 100 runners.

The event was attended by

  • Mayor John Taylor, Mayor of Newmarket,
  • MP Tony Van Bynen, Member of Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora,
  • MPP Dawn Gallagher Murphy, Member of Provincial Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora
  • along with the Councillors, Deputy Fire Chief of Central York Fire Services, and representatives from York Regional Police.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, MP Tony Van Bynen presented a certificate of appreciation for the contributions of AMYA to the community.

“Really excited to be here at the first Run For Newmarket put on by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the Ahmadiyya Youth Committee. What an incredible first event! I go to a lot of events and this is phenomenal. The turnout, the organization, just runs so smoothly and beautifully and to see whole community come out to support their efforts and to support Blue Door Shelter and the Newmarket Food Pantry. These are organizations that need our community support and the Ahmadiyya Community has stepped up to do that. And really by partnering with the Town and with the Central York Fire Services, York Regional Police, and many sponsors, it has made such a special day. I just want to say thank you! So excited to be part of this first event. Can’t imagine what this is going to grow into because it is already such a big success. So again, thank you on behalf of the Town of Newmarket and look forward to supporting this run and walk every year.” said Mayor John Taylor while speaking to the media team at the event.

“While government plays a big part in preventing and ending homelessness, so does the community. We were overwhelmed and grateful for the support of the community in the first Run for Newmarket supporting Blue Door, and even more so for the amazing organizers who put this fantastic event together.” Michael Braithwaite, CEO, Blue Door

“Thank you to the incredible Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association for hosting the first ever Run for Newmarket in support of Blue Door and to all the community members who walked or ran in the event. The continued support of our community allows Blue Door’s programs and supports to grow to meet the needs of our Region’s most vulnerable.” Rebecca Turner, Resource Development Coordinator, Blue Door

“Thank you to the entire team at Run For Newmarket for hosting such a fantastic event. We are fortunate to have Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Community in our corner helping us in the fight to end hunger. We appreciate and thank you for your continued support.” Newmarket Food Pantry posted on Instagram.

The Run For Newmarket Team would like to thank all the sponsors for contributing and supporting the Run. This event could not had been possible without the support of the sponsors.

The Team also acknowledges and recognizes the support provided by York Regional Police, Central York Fire Services, and St. John Ambulance First Medical Responders.

Lastly, the team is grateful for the community that donated towards the cause and came out that day to show their support. Together we can build stronger communities.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association will continue to serve communities and bring a bigger and better Run next year to support more local charities.