“Hands Up! Okay, let’s see if we can touch our toes. That’s right all the way down to our toes!” 

The instructions resounded in the August morning air as a member of the Malton Seventh-day Adventist Church led their fellow church members in a round of stretches before beginning a 10 km trek through the Humber Arboretum Trail in Toronto.  

Instead of sleeping in that Sunday morning, over 20 dedicated participants were up and ready to go. They were exercising to help people in poverty and those affected by disasters. 

The Malton Fun Run, organized by Wayne KennedyUrma Tomby, and their colleagues in the Personal Ministries Department, has been an annual event since 2014The driving force behind this event is a love for ADRA’s mission of serving humanity so all may live as God intended. The Malton church members decided that it was time for them to make an impact in the world.  

After weeks of asking for support, participants came together on August 25, 2019 to run, walk, or cycle down the Humber Trail. They spoke with others in the community about the reason for their presence. Not keeping the message of ADRA to themselves, they bridged the gap between the church and the community and created friendships  

Brother Kennedy and Sister Tomby don’t want the Fun Run to remain just at Malton. They dream of the day when the event will spread and all Adventist churches, along with community agencies, come together to participate in an annual event to help relieve suffering. This dream may soon come true as the church and ADRA become more familiar in the community.