Last Sunday afternoon more
than 70 men and women ran through parts of Pointe Claire, Kirkland and Dollard des Ormeaux
in red dresses to help the Montreal Hash House Harriers collect $2,500 for the Royal
Victoria's Cedar Cancer Institute.
Harrier leader Ian Hepher was pleased with the turnout for the Second
Annual Red Dress Run to help breast cancer research. The event also attracted
interest in the running group that was founded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1938.
"Everyone had a great time," said Hepher. "That's
the beauty of the hash. We had hashers from Ottawa, England, Barbados and those who
participated in runs in Indonesia."
The seven-kilometre run started from Moe's Deli and Bar with rest stops
at Marlowe's and Bill Edward's Cheers, before returning to Moe's where a party was held to
celebrate the finish. An auction of silly items raised several hundred dollars.
Hepher was pleased to see an increase in the amount of corporate
support for the run, including donations from Merck Frosst, Satellite Metal, Translogex,
EG&G Canada, GMG Electronics, Winebottle and Packaging, and Jigsaw Jungle.
He added that the run received greater media attention this year, with
donations received from people who contacted the hash hotline.
Johnny Cripotos, the general manager of Moe's, was delighted to host
"Moe's was the original Montreal Hash House," he said.
"Hepher has been a customer for a long time. When he said he was doing a run
for charity, we jumped in as corporate sponsor. It's very important to give back to
the community, especially when it's a fun thing like this."
the proceeds from beer purchased by the runners.
Stephanie Charland, a Pierrefonds resident, joined the harriers
a few weeks ago.
"It takes a real man to wear a red dress," she
said. "The harriers are a good bunch of people who do a lot of good stuff.
When we were initiated, they treated us like we were there forever."
Charland, who works for the Molson Centre, was able to donate an
autographed Montreal Canadiens shirt and hat for the auction.
"The sister-in-law of Phil Scheuer, the administrative assistant
to the general manager of Canadiens, was just diagnosed with breast cancer," she
said. "The mother of a girl I work with was also recently diagnosed with breast
cancer. This made the run even more important to me because people I know are
directly touched by cancer."