COVID-19 News

Fundraising event to support Washburn County residents

Danielle Danford | Staff writer
Jim LeDuc will run for 12 hours on Saturday, April 18, as a fundraiser to provide basic assistance like hygiene products and food for Washburn County residents. LeDuc is pictured running a 50k he completed on this treadmill Sunday, April 5, to prepare for the upcoming fundraising run. – Photo provided
WASHBURN COUNTY — On Saturday, April 18, one man will run 12 hours for one purpose: helping Washburn County residents during the COVID 19 health emergency. Out Run the Virus is a fundraising event supporting the Community First Washburn County mission to provide basic care packages, supplemental meal delivery and a resource hotline to those in need during this challenging time.
Community First Washburn County is a collection of community agencies, coalitions, businesses and private individuals that banded together for a common cause; serving their neighbor during the COVID 19 public health emergency.
"COVID 19 has turned our world upside down and there are people within our community who currently, or will in the near future, need assistance to make it through this pandemic,” said Jim LeDuc, Washburn County Health and Human Service director, and the runner for the Out Run the Virus event.
While LeDuc works for Washburn County government, he is running on his personal time and direction. Neither Washburn County nor Jim will benefit financially from this effort. All funds raised go directly to the Community First Washburn County mission.
CFWC has plans in place to be in local municipalities soon to hand out care packages containing hygiene, home products and activities for kids. Another identified concern is food insecurity for all ages county wide. CFW has taken on the ambitious endeavor of providing 100 meals a day, seven days a week, utilizing local restaurants. However, their efforts will require a significant amount of funding to accomplish.
The mission of CFWC is supported by a recently awarded $10,000 grant from Marshfield Clinic Health Systems, however, the organization anticipates the need in Washburn County to exceed it. To supplement the grant CFWC is raising funds locally including through the Out Run the Virus event.
"I have been training for an end of May 100k race since the middle of December and like a lot of good things it was cancelled due to COVID 19. Instead of wasting my training I decided to pitch a 12-hour run as a quirky fundraiser,” LeDuc told the Register.
For the Out Run the Virus fundraiser LeDuc will run alone for 12 hours starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18, rain or shine on the Spooner High School Track running without music until 7:30 p.m.
"I will take occasional breaks to walk and take time off my feet, but my goal is to cover as many miles and laps as I can in 12 hours,” said LeDuc. Everyone who can is asked to consider making a donation of any denomination to the Out Run the Virus event online on the Event Facebook Page.
People can also sponsor LeDuc with pledge or donation based upon the miles ran or laps completed online through this Google Forms Document.
All of the funds raised through the event will go to filling the needs of Washburn County residents.
"We know there are others out there that are concerned about their neighbors and want to help and this is a good avenue to do their part,” said LeDuc. Check out Community First- Washburn County Facebook to learn more and Lakeland Family Resource Center Facebook to donate or pledge.
Partnering organizations of CFWC include Spooner Memorial Library, Mental Health Task Force of Washburn County, Spooner Health, Lakeland Family Resource Center, Community Alliance for Prevention, Washburn County Health and Human Services Department, UW-Extension and Spooner Cares.

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