January 2021 update:
The safety, health and well-being of our participants, supporters and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us. We continue to monitor the current State of Emergency and direction from Public Health officials as we consider options for the 2021 Peterborough Butterfly Run. As the ongoing impact of the current State of Emergency is unknown, we are unable to confirm if we will hold an event in 2021 (virtual or in-person). We will communicate updated information when we are able. Please follow us on Facebook for updates.
ABOUT PETERBOROUGH BUTTERFLY RUN
Peterborough Butterfly Run is a fun, family-friendly walk/run event held annually in Peterborough, Ontario, with the following goals:
Increase community awareness and encourage dialogue to support families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive;
Provide an opportunity for connections and community support among families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive; and
Raise funds for local health and community services that support families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive.
Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee will aim to execute a fun run event that is:
Members of The Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee for 2020:
Kelly Ross, Jennie Vanier, Molly Maguire, Amy Lipsett, Alessandra Friesen
Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee is committed to ensuring responsible use of all funds raised including careful consideration of potential uses and benefactor organizations.
Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee is committed to demonstrating transparency regarding decisions about where funds are allocated by carefully documenting all related research, discussion, decisions and rationale
Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee was established in 2016, by a group of community members who shared a common interest to carry out a walk/run event similar to The Butterfly Run – Quinte. Further information regarding The Butterfly Run – Quinte can be found at their website: Butterfly Run Quinte
Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee is committed to ensuring responsible use of all funds raised. We are excited to work in partnership with GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation, to ensure that funds raised for the event will be dedicated to creating resources and support tools for families, as well as education opportunities for healthcare providers, under the medical guidance of the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic.
Peterborough Butterfly Run Achievements to Date:
Over 500 registered walkers and runners participated in the first Peterborough Butterfly Run, held in April 2017, and participation grew to over 800 registered walkers and runners in each of 2018 and 2019. Each year hundreds of supporters also join us at Millennium Park on event day. The events have raised over $150,000 in funds and in-kind donations. We hope the event will continue to create and build connections and community support for and among individuals and families who have experienced loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive.
We have supported a number of initiatives with funds raised do date:
In October 2018 the Peterborough Butterfly Run Lending Libraries were launched. Together with our partners at GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation and PIPC (Partners in Pregnancy Clinic), we put together a selection of books on topics of pregnancy and infant loss, child loss, infertility and pregnancy after loss and we have made these books available for anyone to borrow, free of charge, from a number of locations in our community. The books include titles for fathers and siblings or other young children.
Beginning in November 2018, in partnership with the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic (PIPC), Peterborough Family Health Team, and GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation, we have offered several specialized education events where community healthcare providers gained new knowledge and skills in perinatal bereavement care. Tracy Condon, Social Worker at PIPC, has led the Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) Perinatal Bereavement Care education events.
The Peterborough Butterfly Run Committee along with our partners and a number of key volunteers, have created bereavement kits to offer to families and individuals in our community who experience perinatal loss. Each kit contains various comfort items, grief acknowledgment items, and small mementos to commemorate the loss. Since their launch in early 2019, approximately 250 kits have been distributed in our community to various healthcare offices and individuals.
In March 2018, we hosted a free screening of Still Loved, a 2015 documentary film that explores the complexity and reality for families surviving baby loss. The film was accompanied by a candle lighting and discussion.
In November 2017, the Peterborough Butterfly Run held our first Fall Flutter, where members of the Butterfly Run Community gathered for a free social evening including a shared meal and three local speakers who shared their experiences.
The successes to date would not have been possible without the generous support of community sponsors. Sponsorships made it possible for us to offer the FREE 1km Memorial walk each year, and the nominal fee for the chip-timed Kid’s run. Sponsorships have allowed us to maintain an affordable 5k registration rate each year so that more families are able participate together. For information on 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact us.
THANK YOU to our 2019 event sponsors!