Thanks to the dedication of our runners, and those that generously sponsored Team PWS&D, we were able to reach our goal! Approximately $10,500 was raised for development and relief programs.

This year Presbyterian World Service & Development participated for the second time as a charity at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

On Sunday, October 20, 2013, a team of 13 runners came together to complete the 5K, half marathon and full marathon races.

Webster Moyo and Emily Vandermeer after completing the 5K run for PWS&D.

Webster Moyo and Emily Vandermeer after completing the 5K run for PWS&D.

“It was a great experience for me to participate in the marathon,” says Webster Moyo. Webster supervises some of PWS&D’s HIV and AIDS programs in Malawi and participated in the marathon during his time in Canada. “It was wonderful to be with so many different people racing for charity and having people encouraging us all the way to the finish line.”

While Team PWS&D may have seemed small in comparison to the 26,000 other participants, our impact will be significant.

Melissa, Diana and Justin Veenstra - from the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal - after completing the half marathon.

Melissa, Diana and Justin Veenstra – from the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal – after completing the half marathon.

The pledges and donations gathered will continue to grow as PWS&D works with vulnerable communities around the world to ensure long-term, sustainable development. Together, we are enabling communities to grow nutritious food, improve their health, stand up for their rights, and provide for their families.

Thank you for partnering with PWS&D.

*Banner photo from left to right: Emily Vandermeer, Georgina Muir, Anna Muir, Don Muir, Liz Tibbles, Joan MacLeod and Webster Moyo.