Owen Ostler tackles a one-man marathon for charity at Fen Burdett Stadium on Aug. 1.
by Maria Spitale-Leisk, NVSD Communications
Carson Graham Secondary student
Owen Ostler has gone the distance to make a difference in our community.
Ostler accomplished a feat
on Saturday, Aug. 1 – running close to 42 kilometres around Fen Burdett Stadium in just
over four hours.
While tackling the solo
marathon under the blazing August sun, Ostler also raised more than $11,000 for
a new critical care unit at Lions Gate Hospital.
“When I was exhausted, I
thought about: the people who this was going to help; the hundreds of people
who donated and supported me; and how the choices I made in that moment would help
define me and my character,” says Ostler, who will be heading into Grade 11
Friends, family and some
local dignitaries were on hand Saturday to cheer Ostler on – and celebrate with
him at the finish line.
Calling Ostler’s generosity
inspiring, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation are grateful for the financial boost
to their campaign.
“Lions Gate Hospital
Foundation congratulates Owen on his exceptional athletic achievement as well
as his fundraising success,” says Judy Savage, president and CEO, Lions Gate
“We’re so grateful that
Owen thought to raise funds for LGH while training for his marathon. The
donations will help us to build a new Critical Care Unit, which will care for
more than 1,400 seriously ill patients every year at LGH. Thank-you Owen
and everyone who generously supported his efforts.”
Ostler feels happy on two
fronts: “That I was able to reach every goal I set for myself and … that I was
able to help and hopefully inspire people.”