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Student raises money for ALS with successful fun run

“[The best part] was having so many people come out, because I was not expecting that many people to come out,” said Morgan Capili, about her successful fun run this past weekend

Morgan Capili is a Grade 8 student at Sunningdale Elementary School, and she is also the driving force behind this past weekend’s first ALS Fun Run at Sunningdale — a project that Capili took on herself. She is extremely happy with the turnout.

As a part of the school program called Genius Hour, Capili was tasked with creating a project that she was passionate about; she chose to combine her love of running with a cause near to her family’s heart. 

“I decided I'd put on a fun run, not just to get people active but to raise money for a good cause,” said Capili. “My great grandma had ALS and she sadly passed away from it, and I was named after her a couple of years after her death.”

Capili set a goal of $1,000 and took to advertising her fundraiser. She spoke on the local radio stations and to media, she canvassed her neighbourhood handing out posters, and on the day of the run, was surprised with nearly double the amount of people she was hoping for. 

“It went extremely well. I raised three times as much as I wanted to,” said Capili. “I was expecting maybe 30 people that come up, but we had over 60.”

Over $3,100 in donations was collected. Capili felt lucky to have so much support from the community.

“I was grateful for each and every person's donation. Some people donated a lot, some people donated a little, and I was happy with everything,” said Capili. “I was so lucky that the ALS Saskatchewan [had] two representatives actually come to my event and they brought some swag and some really great stuff.”

The 4 km run was definitely a success, and Capili is hoping to do it all over again next year.