An event at Woodlawn Regional Park on Saturday morning was about as close as one will get to seeing a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
The rainbow was reflected through the colours splashed across the hundreds of happy faces on Aug. 29, while the gold was in the shape of the excitement erupting in a little corner pocket of Woodlawn just off highway 47.
The first ever Colour My Foundation Run, which was organized by the St. Jospeh's Hospital Foundation, attracted over 450 registrants on the sunny Saturday morning and raised close to $40,000 in pledges alone. It was undoubtedly the colourful and positive event organizers were hoping for, and it reached its peak when participants flung hundreds of bags of colour dye in the air, which resulted in a striking cloud of colours that could be seen from hundreds of feet in the air. The final total for dollars raised was unavailable at press time.
"We're completely thrilled," said Becky Conly, executive director of the hospital foundation, during the event, referring to the high-level of participation and the ideal weather conditions to drape over the Energy City that morning. Despite some smoky conditions, participants were able to run comfortably as some clouds prevented the sun from engulfing Estevan in extreme heat.
"Everyone seems to be having a great time," she said.
Proceeds from the event are going to upgrades for the hospital's pharmacy sterile preparation room, which Conly said is in need of several upgrades.
"We really need to do this upgrade for the department," Conly said, adding without them, they may not be able to keep its services up and running, which serves about 300 people each year.
The event's massive success, however, has put many of minds at ease.
"So far, it's looking really good," Conly said.
Greg Hoffart, executive director of the hospital was thrilled about the incredible turnout.
"Everyone's overwhelmed by this event's success," he said. "Everyone's so happy and it's just a great way for us to celebrate the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation and the great work they do."
When asked if he thinks the event will make a return next summer, he smiled and said, "I can't see it stopping now, so I'm sure we'll see it again next year."