Terry Kratzmann reaches Mile Zero after running 605 kilometres to raise money for the John Howard Society’s KidStart program.

Terry’s Island run rolls into Victoria

Campbell Riverite Terry Kratzmann, 65, arrived at Mile Zero in Victoria on Saturday

Campbell Riverite Terry Kratzmann, 65, arrived at Mile Zero in Victoria on Saturday after running for one month and 605 kilometres, tip to tip along Vancouver Island.

Kratzmann did the run to raise funds and get the word out about the KidStart Mentoring Program.   Kratzmann doubled his original goal by raising approximately $18,000 for KidStart, which relies on donations, grants and gaming funds to connect vulnerable children with mentors.

When asked how it felt to run the equivalent of 15 marathons in one month, Terry smiled and said, “Like I’ve said before, if we can save one young person from falling through the cracks… 600k wasn’t that far to go.”

There are more than 80 children (ages 6-18) in Campbell River currently waiting for volunteer mentors to spend three hours a week with them (some waiting since 2009).  Do you like fishing?  Walking? Animals? Nature? Baking? Knitting? Biking? Playing board games?  Consider sharing your time and interests with the next generation and developing a friendship with someone who is really looking forward to meeting you. Give KidStart coordinator Tara Jordan a call  (250-286-0611 ext. 113) to make a difference in the life of  a young person today.