Run For Windsor Hopes To Double 2017 Fundraising Total

The second annual Run for Windsor is ready to roll Saturday morning.

Last year — with the support of Windsor Regional Hospital and the city of Windsor — the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'a committed to raising $500,000 towards a proposed 80,226-sq.ft. satellite facility at the former Grace Hospital Site over the next 10 years. It would be the region's first comprehensive Urgent Care Centre.

Organizer Pasha Qureshi tells AM800 News he's seen urgent care centres lighten the load on emergency rooms in other communities.

"They have built a new hospital system in Milton, Ont.  and Oakville, Ont., so we deserve the same if not better," he says.

The event has already raised $25,000 before final sign-ins Saturday morning, and Qureshi hopes the money will keep coming in.

"Last year we gave a cheque for $15,000 to the hospital and this year we're hoping to at least double that," says Qureshi.

A free BBQ for anyone who wants to come will close out the day, he added.

"Regardless if you're participating or not it's open to the whole Windsor community," he says. "One of our main objectives is to bring the community together."

Registration begins at 8am Saturday at Festival Plaza.