Hundreds of soldiers are deployed each year from across Canada. To recognize the deployed members of Garrison Petawawa, a local citizen took the initiative to establish the first Run to R.E.D (Remember Everyone Deployed).
Cheyenne Astle, whose father is a retired member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, grew up in the Pembroke area and wanted to hold an event to recognize the soldiers in her community.
“I just wanted to give back to the local military members that are stationed at Garrison Petawawa and show appreciation for what they do for not only mine but everyone’s freedom,” said Astle.
Astle took the idea of a run to the town of Petawawa Parks and Recreation Department who agreed and supported Astle.
Aslte was inspired by the R.E.D. Friday organization that encourages people to wear red on Friday’s to remember those deployed.
“We just wanted to remember everyone who is deployed and everyone we have lost who were stationed at Garrison Petawawa,” noted Astle.
The run was held on Friday, June 17.
“For the first time I expected honestly ten runners and maybe $400,” remembered Astle.
Much to Astle’s surprise, she had a turnout of 35 runners for the 6 k.m. and ten runners for the family run. She was able to raise $1,100 that will go towards the Petawawa Legion to help military families in need in the community.
The community came together to support the run and Astle received support from several local businesses. Volunteers, from civilian members to students and retired military members to currently serving, came out to help with traffic control.
With all the positive feedback Astle received from her community, she plans to hold more Run to R.E.D races in the future.