Members of HMCS St. John's were in South Brook this week for "Run the Rock" - the annual initiative taken on by the crew of the vessel in aid of Children's Wish Foundation.
As part of the event, crewmembers of HMCS St. John's run from Port aux Basques seeking donations for the charity.
Run the rock
Donations totaling nearly $700.00 were presented to the runners in South Brook from money dropped off at the South Brook Town Hall, a collection taken by the local Pentecostal Church, the Canadian Rangers, and the general public.
The officer in charge of the event, Lt(N) Neil King, spoke to those who had gathered for the event and explained how the crew organized themselves to run the 900 km across the province in an effort to achieve their goal of $100,000.00. This is the 19 year for Run the Rock.
A special guest in attendance at the reception was Gladys Osmond, of Springdale. Gladys, or "Nan" as she prefers to be called, is now 91 years old. As a result of her commitment of writing thousands of letters to our troops, Gladys has received the Order of Newfoundland, the Order of Canada, and has been visited by General Rick Hillier.
Gladys gave a hearty hug to every member of the team, some of whom had received a letter from her. She also spoke to those gathered in South Brook, and told them about the process of writing her letters, and of some of the responses she has received from appreciative Canadian Forces members stationed all over the world.
Everyone enjoyed a light lunch sponsored by the Town of South Brook, before the crew headed off on the next leg of their journey. However, before they left, Gladys, with two young sailors for support, joined in the efforts and ran her own portion of the Rock.