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Youth Ambassador, Shamika for Run with Frederick 2017

Shamika, Youth Ambassador for Run with Frederick 2017. Youth participant in Bright Choices Program(Liberty for Youth)

Liberty for Youth has a Youth Ambassador this year in our Run with Frederick 2017 Marathon at the Road2Hope.

The Run with Frederick is fast approaching and we decided to have a Liberty for Youth team to run in the marathon. We also wanted to have an Youth Ambassador to lead the youth team.

We are so excited to introduce Shamika, a youth participant in our Bright Choices Program for females as our Ambassador.

We were so happy to have met Shamika and have her  join us at Liberty for Youth in 2016.

In July 2016, Shamika took part in a Welding Camp program held by the Canadian Welding Association in Milton, Ontario. Shamika naturally being artistic and creative enjoyed the program and had the opportunity to showcase her talent.

Shamika has a lot to be proud of as well as she recently graduated with her High school Diploma this past June. Many of us can remember those high school years and the challenges it came with, so we couldn’t be more proud of her.

So when Shamika is not at Liberty for Youth hanging out with the girls what does she like to do? She shared that some of her hobbies include watching Netflix, drawing/sketching, doing crafts, hiking and listening to different kinds of music.

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When it comes to running, Shamika will admit that it is not on her hobbie or activity list, however, when she showed up to our Training Camp on Saturday, July 8th, we knew Shamika had something special to lead the youth team. She was determined to participate in the 5KM trail with the other runners.

This year we want all fitness backgrounds from beginners to advanced runners/walkers to join us. Our message and goal for the run this year is first “hope” to the youth in our community and second, vitality to every individual in our communities. Being healthy means being strong, being focused, and being better all around in every area of our lives.

We look forward to Shamika’ success in this marathon as not only the Ambassador but as a runner in her very first marathon. As well we will continue to cheer her on in her future success in her preferred choice of career which she says in the “arts” career field.

2nd Annual Run for Youth-McMaster University January 7th,2017

What a great run!

On Saturday, January 7th, 2017, Liberty for Youth held its 2nd Annual Run for Youth 1KM/5KM/10KM walk/run at McMaster University, David Braley Athletic Centre.

We were honored to have so many different people participate such as, MP David Sweet, Canadian Olympic Medal Count, Andrew Yorke, Esther & Gord Pauls(Road2Hope), McMaster students, Runner’s Den runners, Ted Micheals(900CHML), and especially our YOUTH!

We would like to thank all those who came out to support our youth as well as those who pledged online or sponsored a runner.



Run for Youth, A Great Finish & a Great success!

Three weeks, 21 days, over 650km, from Ottawa all the way back to Hamilton, Frederick and the team made it!

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Frederick and his wife embrace each other tightly after a long challenging time apart.

It’s been a journey of strength, tenacity, growth, compassion and relationship building, not only between the Run for Youth team, but all of the people that they met on the journey home.

Frederick was so happy to make it back to his hometown of Hamilton,Ontario on Friday, November 4th at the Liberty for Youth building. Frederick and the Run for Youth team were greeted by many supporters like the Mayor of Hamilton, Fred Eisenburger, RBC branches from Burlington to Hamilton, the Chief of Police and of course his loving wife,Tanya and their 3 boys.

We know that we could not have done this without the support of so many people, too many to mention here, however, we would like to recognize you all, you know who you are and we will ever be so grateful. You helped us complete this victorious marathon and because of that many young lives will be changed today and tomorrow.

We love the youth in our city and those beyond and we want everyone to know that this campaign had everything to do with them and for them.

The Run for Youth campaign will be the first of many to come, maybe not in such magnitude but we will not stop running in order to bring change that needs to take place and the best part is, our youth will be the next runners leading the race.

Frederick passes on this torch and now challenges every young person to meet the challenges that life will throw them with courage, determination, strength and fortitude!

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Laurie Davidson(RBC-RVP)left, Frederick Dryden, George VanKempen, Louis and Mayor Fred Eisenburger. The Mayor an award of excellence to each participant of the Run for Youth team and recognizes RBC for their long standing support and contributions to Liberty for Youth.

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Liquid nutrition of Oakville proudly donated some great drinks and snacks to encourage recovery and give energy for the remainder of the run. Thank you We really appreciated the extra boost, they were delicious!

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An amazing time meeting with former Oakville Mayor, Anne Muvale. Her words were so encouraging and heart felt. Thank you for the warm greeting.

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A great opportunity to meet these two loving Police Officers, Jeff & Kate on our way to John Knox School in Brampton.They are part of a newer community outreach program. We had to give them each a MVP award to recognize the difference they are making in their community.

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Frederick and the team just arriving to Parkdale and King Street in Hamilton,Ontario. Frederick’s total run was 696.5km!!

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Frederick and the Run for Team run 10km together at the Road2Hope Marathon in Hamilton, Ontario. Esther and Gord Pauls from Runner’s Den were so amazing to support the Run for Youth campaign the whole journey through. We are forever grateful!

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Gord Pauls congratulates Frederick on his 10km finish at the Road2Hope.

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Supporters, Donors, Board members and others roll up their sleeves to join the cause and Run for Youth!

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MP Filomena Tassi joins Frederick and runs to support Run the Youth at the Road2Hope.

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Two Old Navy staff from Limeridge Mall, join the Road2Hope to run the 5km in support of the Run for Youth.

Toronto,Mississauga & the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope Finish

In less than 24 hours hours Frederick and the Run for Youth team will be running into Hamilton and Frederick will have completed his 21 day marathon of 650km!

BUT, he is not finished yet, Frederick will be running his last 10km this Saturday, November 5th in the Hamilton Marathon-Road2Hope. You can join him for 1km, 5km or 10km by registering online at https://raceroster.com/events/2016/5901/hamilton-marathon-road2hope/register?ref=event-right-sidebar . newpaulsbannerwithpicseblast_bnr-copy

To pick up your race kit if you are already registered, you can do so in person at Wild Waterworks Park at Confederation Park on Friday, Nov. 4 from 1-6pm, or on Saturday, Nov. 5 before your race (opens at 8am). If you are picking up on Saturday morning, come about 1-2 hours early so you don’t get stuck in a line up and miss your start time.

Frederick and the team have caught their second wind and are anticipating a strong finish into Hamilton despite the soreness Frederick is feeling as he shared with The Hamilton Spectator’s, Mark McNeil in the following article, http://m.thespec.com/news-story/6944399-running-for-youth-at-risk .

The last couple days Frederick and the team have received a warm welcome from our Toronto, Mississauga  neighbors. Take a look.

RBC Staff at 443 University Street, Toronto welcome Frederic k& the Run for Youth team.

RBC Staff at 443 University Street, Toronto welcome Frederick & the Run for Youth team.Thank you!

 

RBC at 434 King Street W welcome Frederick and the team. Thank you RBC for all your support!

RBC at 434 King Street W welcome Frederick and the team. Thank you RBC for all your support!

Frederick & the team stop by for some amazing "Liquid Nutrition"at 145 King Street. Thank you to an amazing manager, Anthony for your generosity of the nutritious drinks to Frederick and the team! They loved it!

Frederick & the team stop by for some amazing “Liquid Nutrition”at 145 King Street. Thank you to an amazing manager, Anthony for your generosity of the nutritious drinks to Frederick and the team! They loved it!

One of our sponsors, Pita Pit has been so amazing at supplying food fpor the team along the way and we want to shout out a BIG thank you. This is Nick,(manager)from Pita Pit on Adelaide Street. Thank you for the awesome food you donated to the team!

One of our sponsors, Pita Pit has been so amazing at supplying food for the team along the route from Ottawa  and we want to shout out a BIG thank you. This is Nick,(manager)from Pita Pit on Adelaide Street. Thank you for the awesome food you donated to the team!

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Believe to Achieve organization in Toronto had us as their guest speaker and what a great time that was had by all. The team was so blessed and the team also had the privilege of meeting the legendary boxer, “Spider Jones” (left).

Look at all these beautiful children at Believe to Achieve in Toronto. What a blessing for the team to speak into their lives, love those shirts!

Look at all these beautiful children at Believe to Achieve in Toronto. What a blessing for the team to speak into their lives, love those shirts!

Frederick speaking as a guest at The Covenant House in Toronto. Thank you to the staff at the Covenant House for having us. What a great time.

Frederick speaking as a guest at The Covenant House in Toronto. Thank you to the staff at the Covenant House for having us. What a great time.

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A big thank you to The Rotary Club of Mississauga today for their warm welcome and support! One of own supporters at Liberty for Youth, Paul Keul(The Rotary Club of Hamilton) dropped by to show his support and Frederick was happy to see a familiar face after the long journey.

Frederick reaches Mississauga after 21km run.

Frederick reaches Mississauga after 21km run.

Frederick & the Run for Youth team stopped by Faith International Church in Toronto last night to share about the passion and motivation to the Run for Youth.

Frederick & the Run for Youth team stopped by Faith International Church in Toronto last night to share about the passion and motivation to the Run for Youth.

Team has reached Toronto! Thank You, a Farewell & Over $350,000.00 in donations to date!

Time seems to be quickly passing as Frederick and the team make their way back to Hamilton. It’s hard to believe but Frederick and the team arrived in Toronto today.

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Frederick presents Micheal(RBC intern), with the RBC Associate of Excellence Award on Micheal’s last day with the Run for Youth team. We will miss you Micheal, thank you for everything you have done for the youth!

The last 4 days have been booked full of speaking engagements and awards to dignitaries, youth and of course one of the Run for Youth team members, Micheal. On Friday, October 28th, Frederick and the team celebrated a bittersweet end to Micheal’s journey along the run. Micheal who was an RBC intern with Liberty for Youth over the last 3 months completed his term Friday and so it was only natural to say farewell with a chocolate cake and lots of kind words and encouragement. Liberty for Youth participants and our Program Facilitator Cliff, made the trek to Bowmanville Friday night to share their gratitude and to see Micheal off.   Micheal, Liberty for Youth cannot thank you enough for all the hard work you have done for this Run campaign, you were truly a blessing and we all wish you the very best in your future endeavors.

As the team suited up to keep up the pace, the weekend came with a lot of visits and a lot of km’s. Frederick ended up in Bowmanville & 510.5km this past Sunday, October 30th and is on the final stretch home!

Please see all the great adventures along their route these last few days below.

If you have not seen our Home page and the donations to date, we are so excited to share with you that we are over $350,000.00! Frederick & his wife,Tanya, the run for youth team, the youth in our programming, the staff, volunteers, campaign members and board members would like to say a special THANK YOU to all of our DONORS. Without your donations and compassion to our program we could not have done this. We love you all and from the bottom of hearts, thank you for supporting the youth in our community and beyond!

LFY Program Faciliator, Cliff & LFY participants meet up with Frederick and the team for a wonderful send off to Micheal(RBC intern).

LFY Program Faciliator, Cliff & LFY participants meet up with Frederick and the team for a wonderful send off to Micheal(RBC intern).

Luis(LFY youth participant)presents the Port Hope Police, MVP award with gratitude for their service to their community.

Luis(LFY youth participant)presents the Port Hope Police with an MVP award with gratitude for their service to their community.

After completing a 25km run Frederick & and the team join the Bowmanville Rotary Club for 7:15am speaking engagement. Thank you to the International Rotary Club for opening both your hearts and doors to Frederic k& the Run for Youth team. We have been so blessed by so many compassionate and wonderful people.

After completing a 25km run Frederick & and the team join the Bowmanville Rotary Club for 7:15am speaking engagement. Thank you to the International Rotary Club for opening both your hearts and doors to Frederick& the Run for Youth team. We have been so blessed by so many compassionate and wonderful people.

PC Tom Sweet from Belleville Police receives MVP award with gratitude from Frederick & Luis for his service to his community.

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Frederick arrives in Bowmanville with a 17km finish.

Bowmanville Mayor Foster & RBC staff accept Mayor challenge to run 1km with Frederick.

Bowmanville Mayor Foster & RBC staff accept Mayor challenge to run 1km with Frederick.

Sunday, October 30th was a great day for the team as they joined Pastor Matthew Moss at Liberty Penecostal Church. Frederick & the team were touched by the warm reception they received. Thank you

Sunday, October 30th was a great day for the team as they joined Pastor Matthew Moss at Liberty Penecostal Church(Bowmanville). Frederick & the team were touched by the warm reception they received. Thank you!

 

RBC Branch Pickering at 670 Kingston Rd. Thank you!

We had a warm welcome by the RBC Branch Pickering at 670 Kingston Rd. Thank you!

Mayor Henry of Oshawa and the round table of dignitaries from the Oshawa community. Thank you for all your support!

Mayor Henry of Oshawa and the round table of dignitaries from the Oshawa community. Thank you for all your support!

Old Navy in Ajax was such an amazing visit. Thank you so much for your support everyone!

Old Navy in Ajax was such an amazing visit. Thank you so much for your support everyone!

Mayor David Ryan of Pickering signing off our route map. Such a pleasure meeting with you. Thank you for your time.

Mayor David Ryan of Pickering signing off our route map. Such a pleasure meeting with you. Thank you for your time.

One Week left to Hamilton!

As we get the pictures and stories back here at home, it’s hard to believe that we are only one week away from welcoming home Frederick & the Run for Youth team. We honestly don’t know how they have managed this far but nonetheless we are so proud of Frederick & the team for their perseverance and stamina.

Frederick arrives Port Hope, Ont., one week before his return back to Hamilton.

Frederick arrives in Port Hope, Ont., one week before his return back to Hamilton.

The last couple days has kept the team & Frederick busy with speaking engagements and lots of running of course. Colborne, Coburg and Port Hope are just some of the places Frederick and the team have visited the last couple days.

See some great pictures of their journey over the last couple days below.

Mark Your Calendar! For those who live closer to us here in Hamilton, please remember that our Annual Gala, “Power of a Changed Life” is coming up on Wednesday, November 9th at 5:30pm. You won’t want to miss it as Frederick & the Run for Youth team will be the guest speakers this year and sharing their personal stories of the Run for Youth.

Purchase tickets online at https://www.libertyforyouth.org/index.php?p=Events,View&id=36

 

 

Trenton Military personnel take time to do a run with Frederick and the team.

Trenton Military personnel show their support to the team by running with Frederick.

Frederick & Luis(youth)get a photo opp with Trenton Base Military personnel post military run.

Frederick & Luis(youth)get a photo opp with Trenton Base Military personnel post military run.

Mayor of Brighton(far right)& Renee Schmidt join Frederick as he presents the winner of the Perseverance Award to a youth.

an Mayor of Brighton(far right)& Renee Schmidt join Frederick as he presents the winner of the Perseverance Award to a youth.

RBC, Brighton Branch Manager, Deanna Renouf signs off on route map Brighton, Ont.

RBC, Brighton Branch Manager, Deanna Renouf signs off on route map Brighton, Ont.

 

Mayor Gil Brocanier signs off on Coburg, Ont., along with the staff at RBC Coburg branch.

Mayor Gil Brocanier of Coburg, Ont., signs off on Coburg on the route map along with the staff at RBC Coburg branch.

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Thank you to all the staff at the Coburg branch as well as the Mayor of Coburg for welcoming the Run for Youth team and Frederick.

Coburg Police Officer poses for the camera as he signs Frederick's route map.

Coburg Police Officer poses for the camera as he signs Frederick’s route map.

Frederick & the team get a picture with an amazing bunch of people at The Rotary Club of Coburg. Thank you for having us.

Local MP of Coburg, Kim Rudd attended the Rotary Club of Coburg meeting to greet Frederick & the team.

Local MP of Coburg, Kim Rudd attended the Rotary Club of Coburg meeting to greet Frederick & the team.

 

353km! Over halfway home

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Frederick with Quinte Christian Highschool student, Cody.

Frederick has now run 353km on his route! By 3pm today that will change again. He is keeping up the pace and between running, speaking engagements, eating and sleeping, not to mention the phone calls back home, he is closer to us than we realize.

Since Monday this week, Frederick has spoke at over 10 different locations, including Schools, Police Stations, Rotary Clubs, RBC branches and even a boxing gym! Yes, the Run for Youth team is getting tired BUT, they remember the cause and the purpose and the vision will remain at the fore front of this marathon.

Take a look below to see all the amazing stops the Run for Youth team have made these last few days.

Would you please consider championing the cause and donate online, by mail or by phone at 1-844-827-0354.

Rotary Club of Belleville, Ont., welcomed the Run for Youth team with open arms. Thank you for supporting our Youth!

Rotary Club of Belleville, Ont., welcomed the Run for Youth team with open arms. Thank you for supporting our Youth!

Frederick sharing his passion for the youth and inspiring message of hope and reconciliation.

Frederick sharing his passion for the youth and inspiring message of hope and reconciliation.

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Students come together to hear from Frederick and Luis at Quinte Christian High School on Monday, October 24th.

A student by the name of Angel is excited to sign Frederick's route map.

A student by the name of Angel is excited to sign Frederick’s route map.

RBC signs our route map to show support to the campaign.

RBC signs our route map to show support to the campaign.

Group photo with Vicki(manager) & RBC staff supporters at RBC, Belleville, Ont.

Group photo with Vicki(manager) & RBC staff supporters at RBC, Belleville, Ont.

Quinte High School students were so inspired by the Run for Youth team that they decided to run with them. Thank you for your support!

Frederick & the team stopped into the John Howard Society, Belleville, to do a few rounds.

Frederick & the team stopped into the John Howard Society, Belleville, to do a few rounds.

Frederick and Luis present MVP award to Constable John Connor of the Kingston Police service.

Frederick and Luis present MVP award to Constable John Connor of the Kingston Police service.

Constable Pat Finnigan, OPP Napenee accepting the MVP award.

Constable Pat Finnigan, OPP, Napenee accepting the MVP award.

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Thank you to Y’Wanna Hav CAFE for supplying lunch to our Run for Youth team-Delicious!

First Nation Visit and much more on the weekend

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Frederick does a tribal dance with The Aboriginal Women’s Drum Circle. All smiles for the camera. Many of these visits along the route are what brings Frederick and the team enjoy the visits along the route receiving a lot of joy and the stamina to keep going. Thank you ladies for a wonderful experience.

Things are not slowing down for the Run for Youth team on weekends. This past weekend included a memorable visit to a First Nations Youth Rally Concert on Sharbot Lake,Ontario. Frederick even took part in a special tribal dance with an Aboriginal Women’s Drum Circle. It was a fantastic night as Frederick gave two ab
original youth, The Personal Growth Award 2016 from Liberty for Youth. The Run for Youth team enjoyed the festivities and made memories they will not soon forget. 

 

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Two artists, Sharon and Chris from Sharbot Lake Reserve did an amazing job playing for the guests at their Youth Rally Concert Saturday.

 

 

 

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This is the reason Frederick is running 650km. These young people are his heart and the inspiration behind this campaign. Such a pleasure to give this award to these young aboriginal youth.

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Singer, Sophia Radish takes a moment to for a photo opp with Frederick.

 

Sunday, Frederick and his Run for Youth team had the pleasure of attending a service at the West Side Fellowship Christian Reformed Church. The service was fantastic and the Run for Youth team were so thankful for their kindness and warm welcome.

 

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Great service of restoring and strengthening to the Run for Youth team. Thank you so much Pastor Heidi for your warm welcome to our team!

 

We are so grateful to Old Navy for their partnership to the Run for Youth campaign. Back in May, 2016, Old Navy from Limeridge Mall in Hamilton,Ontario made a pledge of $15,000.00. They also hired six of our Youth in our programming. As well, they have set up buckets to receive donations from their customers. We are so grateful to Old Navy for caring about our youth and the Run for Youth team looks forward to meeting more Old Navy stores along the way.

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Frederick & Luis had the pleasure of meeting Michelle from Old Navy in Kingston, Ontario on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016.

1st Week Recap-Run for Youth

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This is Josh, from the Brockville Rotary Club. Frederick was needing a little pick me up and Josh felt moved by Frederick’s passion for young people and decided to join him for his last 5km. Thank you Josh, it meant more than you know.

The first week of the Run for Youth has been a great success!

Frederick and the Run for Youth team have had amazing reception on their first week from speaking engagements and numerous supporters. From Winchester to Morrisburg to Kingston, Frederick is making his way back home.

Frederick continues to receive great support on the road by his awesome Run for Youth team, George, Micheal & Luis(youth) and also back home from his family of Hamilton supporters and beyond. Some days are tougher than others Frederick informs us, but we all know that his passion and love for the youth of our city & country will push him onward till he arrives here at home.

RBC, Police Officers, Rotary Clubs, Radio stations and Pita Pit, as well as many others, are some of the wonderful supporters meeting Frederick & the Run for Youth team. Many more are waiting to greet the Run for Youth team with excitement and we couldn’t be more happy with the great reception they have already received.

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Frederick & Luis make it to Winchester!

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Constable Blanchetteof Morrisburg, Ont. receives MVP award from Frederick & Luis(youth)

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Ottawa Metro Rotary Club welcomes Frederick & the Run for Youth team with open arms. Thank you.

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Group photo with Brockville Constable, Mark Hefferman. Constable Hefferman received an MVP award from Frederick & Luis.

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Brockville Mayor, Henderson gives a warm welcome to Frederick & the run for Youth team.

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Thank you to RBC, Brockville for such a warm welcome to the Run for Youth team.

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Thank you to Amanda & Ganoque MyFM(radio) for having Frederick and Luis on your show. You guys are awesome!

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Ganoque MP Gord Brown for taking the time to meet with Frederick & the Run for Youth team. We appreciate it!

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A wet finish of 21km into Kingston.

 

Frederick does a “Rocky” pose at Kingston City Hall to celebrate over 242km so far of his 650km run.

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Frederick and the Run for Youth team had a great morning with the Kingston Rotary Club. We are so thrilled with the impact and partnership Rotary Club International has made since the beginning of this Run for Youth campaign.

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Thank you to these wonderful ladies for their support and TLC at the Spinal Rehab Center, Kingston,Ontario.

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Caleb(manager) Pita Pit, Kingston, thank you for the great food and support to our team and Frederick.

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Great photo opp with the amazing staff at RBC on 65 Princess St. Kingston,Ontario. Royal Bank of Canada(Hamilton) has given the Run for Youth a $75,000.00 matching grant!

 

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Frederick makes his “Rocky” pose at Kingston City Hall!

 

 

 

 

The Run for Youth team takes some time to get some great healthy food at Pita Pit on 421 Princess St. Kingston,Ontario. Thank you Caleb, your the best!

The Run for Youth team takes some time to get some great healthy food at Pita Pit on 421 Princess St. Kingston,Ontario. Thank you Caleb, your the best!

 

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Kingston Mayor Paterson takes a moment to greet and welcome Frederick and the Run for Youth team to Kingston and give his regards to Frederick on his amazing journey back home to Hamilton.

 

 

 

 

Parliament Hill, Ottawa-The Run for Youth begins

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On October 14th, 2016 at 3pm, Frederick and the Run for Youth team officially started their journey back home from Ottawa to Hamilton(650km). It was a perfect day on Parliament Hill and at times an emotional send off as Frederick & others shared their passion and support to the Run for Youth campaign.

So grateful to those in attendance at Parliament Hill; Frederick’s wife & children, Liberty for Youth staff, Cliff and Melanie, Hamilton MP, Bob Brattina, Youth Panel, Randy Reeves(Rotary Club, Burlington Central), Liberty for Youth participant & runner, Luis, Sharon Clark(Hamilton Port Authority), RBC managers, Tom Palisak(Hamilton), Jennifer Santamaria(Burlington) and many other spectators and supporters.

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Luis(liberty for youth participant), Frederick(founder,liberty for youth) and Cliff(program facilitator) all smiles for photo opp before the run begins.

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Frederick & Luis spent some time meeting the great staff at RBC, Ottawa and thanking them for their support!

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