The 2018 LVs Run didn’t go exactly as planned, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Lasallian Volunteers who were prepared to run.
LVs Run was scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, as part of the larger Race by the Bay. However, faced with severe weather and high winds, Race by the Bay was cancelled. The cancellation didn’t deter the 26 LVs gathered in Pawtucket who still wanted to run—so run they did! Starting at Saint Raphael’s Academy, a Lasallian high school, LVs ran or walked about three miles on late Saturday morning after the storm had passed.
The weekend celebration began on Friday evening with a pasta dinner hosted by Christian Brothers Center and Ocean Tides in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Brothers, LV Alumni, parents, family and friends joined LVs in the opportunity to carb-load and celebrate all they had accomplished in preparation for running the next morning.
“As a new Lasallian Volunteer, I viewed our fundraising goal as not only a dollar amount, but as an opportunity to share my experience at DeLaSalle High School and the program with our generous benefactors, family and friends,” shared Joseph Rogers, a first-year LV serving at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “My connections that I built with our greater Lasallian family were personalized because really it was an invitation for them to join me on my journey this year since it is their support that makes this possible.”
Maddi Larsen, a second-year LV serving at The San Miguel School of Providence, Rhode Island, oversaw the logistics of the weekend as it was her community that hosted the LVs. Maddi shared, “Hosting the Lasallian Volunteers for the run was honestly such a joy. While having 29 people in the palace (the affectionate nickname they call the community) can be stressful, being surrounded by all these people brought me so much peace. They are absolutely like a second family to me and help to make my experience as an LV and the work that I do absolutely worth it.”
LVs Run surpassed its goal of $60,000 on Friday, November 2. Donations are still being received.