Leading the Way Around the Bay

The infectious disease expert who’s answering the questions of our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is teaming up with the leader of the Hospital in the heart of #HamOnt to take on a new challenge: the 2021 Virtual Around the Bay Road Race.

Dr. Zain Chagla, Medical Director, Infection Control and Melissa Farrell, President, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton are the co-captains of Team St. Joe’s – a collection of doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and hospital employees (just like you!) who are signing up to walk, run and raise funds for St. Joe’s.

“Physically-distanced outdoor exercise like walking or running is one of the safest activities we can all engage in amidst COVID-19. It’s also one of the best things we can do for our physical and mental health,” says Dr. Chagla who’s signed up to complete a 5km run.

“The pandemic has been hard on all of us. Long-lasting feelings of fear, anxiety, depression and isolation are impacting the mental health and wellbeing of so many. That’s why we’re so proud to share that funds raised from this year’s Bay Race will support mental health services for our community and for frontline workers,” says Ms. Farrell who’s also committed to running 5km for the event.

How You Can Help Melissa & Zain:

  • Join Team St. Joe’s:  You can choose your own distance, set your own fundraising goal, choose whether to walk or run, and even choose which day you want to participate between March 25 – April 25, 2021. (No more snowy streets and wet feet!) When you register at www.stjoesfoundation.ca/atb just click Join A Team and search for Team St. Joe’s.
  • Make a Donation: Not sure you’re ready to take on the Around the Bay Road Race? You can still help by making a donation to support your favourite runner or team. Click on the links below!
  • Share on Social: Over the course of the next few weeks, you’ll see some social media posts from Melissa and Zain on Twitter, and on our St. Joe’s social media accounts. (There may even be an entertaining training video coming soon!) So please like, share, comment and engage with us on social.

Thank you for your participation and support of St. Joe’s through the Around the Bay Road Race.