The Ontario Pork Industry Council (OPIC) announced recently that all pledges from the 2013 Hog Jog will be going to Victim Services of Perth County.
Funds raised will help expand a few of the Victim Services programs including the purchase of “Eyez on” emergency GPS tracking units which offers monitored panic alarms for high risk individuals and to develop transportation options for clients to access community resources.
This contribution to Victim Services, will be made in honour of Janet O’Rourke. O’Rourke and her husband Kevin are full partners in O’Rourke Pork Farms Ltd in Dublin. Following the death of a 25-year-old employee who was very much part of the family, O’Rourke reached out to Victim Services for support of her young family. Appreciating what Victim Services does, she joined the board a few months later.
Victim Services of Perth County is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing short term emotional support, practical assistance and community referral to victims of crime and tragic circumstance in partnership with community and emergency services.
The Hog Jog has raised over $200,000 for seven local causes over the past seven years. Past causes were the Parkinson Society of Southwestern Ontario, The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s AED program, The Alzheimer Society of Perth County, The Lung Association Asthma Awareness program, the Emergency Department of the Stratford General Hospital, National Service Dogs training Centre and ONE CARE Meals on Wheels program.
OPIC’s Pork for a Cause Hog Jog is a 3.5 km run/walk and 10 km run held each year during the Ontario Pork Congress. The goal of the Hog Jog is to raise awareness about an important local cause, give back to the community, and celebrate the people of the pork industry.
Participation has increased to 450 walkers and runners and race records have been set and broken.
The eighth annual charity run/walk and pork dinner will be held the evening of Wednesday, June 19 at the Rotary Complex.
For more information about Hog Jog 2013, including registration, visit www.hogjog.ca.