IMPORTANT NOTICE – Updated April 7, 2020
We are writing to you today to provide an update on SOAR 2020 given the ongoing situation with COVID-19. The health and safety of our racers and volunteers is of the utmost importance.
As previously mentioned, we remain committed to delivering a top-notch event for racers, an exciting opportunity for our volunteers and a fundraiser for the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington. However, given the current environment, we are unable to deliver on this commitment and therefore have made the difficult decision to cancel SOAR 2020.
This was not a decision that we came to lightly but under the current circumstances and to protect those most vulnerable, this was the responsible choice. We all have a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19, and this means following the direction of public health officials, staying home and staying safe.
Like many of us during this unprecedented time, SOAR and the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington are concerned about how best to support the most vulnerable in our community. This is especially true in regards to the children and youth who rely on food support through the Children’s Foundation Food & Friends student nutrition program. Food & Friends relied on program delivery through agencies and elementary and secondary schools in the Dufferin, Wellington and Guelph regions, many of which are now closed as a result of COVID-19. The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington is working hard to find creative ways to provide for their needs.
To respond to this emergency, the Children’s Foundation in partnership with other local organizations, has created a temporary emergency support program called Fresh Food for Kids which will provide nutritious food to local children and youth in need in Dufferin, Wellington and Guelph.
Understandably, this is a hard time for many of us but if you are able support the Children’s Foundation in any way, please do so. The Children’s Foundation and those they support need our help now more than ever.
As always, we are here to answer any questions you might have, please do not hesitate to contact April at should you have any questions. She will ensure that one of us gets back to you as soon as we can. We look forward to when we can be SOARing with you all in 2021.
The Southern Ontario Amazing Race Director Team