For the last 21 years, one of VON Middlesex Elgin’s major annual fundraising events has been the Great Community Run, Walk 'N' Roll. Originated from the VON Walk, year after year, this event has brought our community together for an exciting day of activity and fundraising in support of local programs and services.
With restricted numbers on gatherings, in 2020 the volunteer planning committee members worked hard to add a virtual component to the event, providing a safer option for those that were not able to join in person. VON’s goal was to maintain this longstanding event as an opportunity for people to continue to help share support to much needed local services. The Virtual Activity Challenge was established, allowing participants to choose the activities they loved to do on their own; whether it be running, walking the dog, swimming, paddling, weight lifting, dancing, gardening, or even seated exercises. All of their efforts were set at their own pace, on their own time, on any day.
As the world keeps moving forward in a digital age – and as COVID-19’s impact continues to evolve – VON has made the decision to move to a fully-digital format for this year. These adjustments led VON Run, Walk ’N’ Roll organizers to update the event’s name and logo. Thus, the VON Activity Challenge has been established for 2021, the timing for the change was right.