SeedStories: Run to End Poverty

SeedStories: Run to End Poverty

By Hilary Chey & Julia Bond

Hilary Chey, a U4 Chemical Engineering student, also loves staying active. She snowboards in the winter and runs trails during the warmer months.  An avid music fan, she also enjoys attending Blues Pubs.

Julia Bond is a U1 Civil Engineering student. In her spare time, she plays competitive hockey, and enjoys running, hiking and working out, and is a voracious reader. (above photo credit: Pablo Herrera Cruz)

Sunday, Oct 21, saw hundreds of runners and walkers turn out for the Tour des Trois Sommets Brébeuf, a twisty-turny trail run over hill and vale for distances ranging from five to 40 kilometres. A fair number of these runners were decked out in EWB’s signature bright orange tech shirts.

IMG_0873 photo credit Pablo Herrera web

photo credit: Pablo Herrera Cruz

In the months leading up to the big day, Engineers Without Borders members in the Montreal area set up individual fundraising campaigns, sharing their perspectives on international development with friends, family, colleagues and strangers, and using their personal connections and passion for systemic change to raise support for EWB and the fight against poverty. In fact, over the past few months, EWB members across Canada have run races just like the Tour in Toronto and Calgary and Halifax.  All the while, they are raising awareness of the current state of international development policy and the promise of what it could become.

EWB McGill raised $3950 to support our programs, which was way above the goals we set. Thank you to all our supporters, and we’ll see you next year!

Julia Bond, EWB McGill member, reflects on her experience:

I would say the fact that behind the Run to End Poverty, there lies a whole world of connections, from people who have never run before to people who can run 40 kilometres.

What truly brought everyone together, however, is heart and dedication. I don’t really know when I decided I would actually invest a rather large amount of time into the run, but it just sort of happened. I made a campaign goal ($500) and sent it out to all my family members, who proved to be amazingly generous.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would actually attain such a goal. With the help of the McGill chapter we put on an awesome bake sale and raised $250. I would like to give a shout out to my partner in crime Veronique Newman! We raised over 1000$ between the two of us.

The experience the day of was amazing! I personally love to run so that was a plus. Let’s just say, I had a blast running beside such awesome people and will definitely do it again next year!

photo credit: Pablo Herrera

photo credit: Pablo Herrera Cruz

Our co-founder and current CEO George Roter also wrote a blog post about the inception and importance of the Run. Read it here.

Pablo Herrera is a Professional Photographer based in Montreal, and is the owner of Rikchak Photography. He strives to offer a fresh, alternative style with his photographic services, delivering a no-frills approach to capturing your artistic vision:

Are you working for a non-profit, volunteering your time, taking part in exciting sustainability initiatives, or involved in international development? If so, we’d love to hear about it!

We at Seeds of Change (part of the McGill Alma Mater Fund) have a blog series called SeedStories, which showcases the experiences of McGill students and recent graduates working on behalf of non-profits and in sustainable development. We invite you to submit a SeedStories entry to be featured here, on Alumni Live 365, McGill’s social media hub.

To become a guest blogger, please send a short description of the experience you wish to write about to

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