A lot has happened with Inner City Outreach in these past few months. On October 20, 2019, over 30 people, including businesses, individuals, families, and yes, babies in strollers, took part in the Scotiabank Run at the Toronto Waterfront in support of ICO. Members participated in the 5km walk/run and the half marathon.

This event marks the seventh year of ICO’s involvement in the run. We all had a wonderful time. Not only were we able to engage in an event that welcomes thousands of people from all over the world, all of whom are running/walking for a great cause, but through donations, we reached a total fundraising effort of $12,000.

The success of events like these would not be possible without meaningful contributions from dedicated partners and supporters. This includes the staff from NEXT Plumbing and Hydronics Supply who choose to support ICO at the run. We asked them a few questions and here’s what they had to say.

running team Scotiarun
Staff from Next Step Plumbing and Hydronics Supply that participated in the ICO run.




1. How did you find out about ICO? Why did you choose us as the organization to support?
NEXT Supply strongly believes in being integral in our community. This is at the heart of everything we do. Our head office is in Vaughan and we were looking for a local organization to support.The community of Jane and Finch is not far away, and we loved the idea of supporting local kids.

2. How was the run for you? Was this your first time participating in the Scotiabank run?
We had a fantastic time.  The weather was perfect, and we had a fun and strong team representing – 18 people registered including family and friends who came to support. Most of us were first timers. The best part was the bonding and team building that happened while training and working towards this common goal.

3.  The main mission of ICO is to transform inner city communities through youth development, mentorship, and educational support. What advice/words of encouragement can you offer to our youth? 
We all have something to offer that is valuable.  We can all grow and learn from each other’s unique skills and abilities. Don’t be shy to ask for help.