Sight Night Virtual Run and Walk – Theme Days

October 1 – Event Day Kickoff
October 2 – Team Appreciation Day
October 3 – Sight Night Edmonton
October 4 – World Guide Dog Day
October 5 – World Teachers for Visually Impaired Day
October 6 – National Coaches Day
October 7 – Physical Literacy
October 8 – Team Appreciation Day
October 9 – World Sight Day
October 10 – Sight Night Red Deer
October 11 – Team Flaman Fitness
October 12 – Family Day
October 13 – Goalball
October 14 – Volunteers
October 15 – Blind Hockey
October 16 – Team Appreciation Day
October 17 – Sight Night Calgary

October 1 – Event Day Kickoff

Today marks the start of our virtual sight night fun run or walk!!

October 2 – Team Appreciation Day

Today is Day 2 of our virtual race and a team appreciation day! Today we are paying tribute to “Team Running for Jay,” in memory of Jason Schmidt. This team has been with us since the beginning and embody what this fundraiser is all about. We asked Jay’s mom, Leah, to share some words with us…sight night 2014 is dedicated to Jason Schmidt

Jason first heard about Sight Night in 2011 through Flaman Fitness where he worked making rope and assembling fitness equipment. Jason had lost his vision in an MVC in 2007 and had an extensive recovery. Jay was given a 10% chance of surviving, but he beat all odds. Jason and his mom did the first Sight Night in Calgary on a very chilly November evening 2011. He did the 8 km run with guide Sean.

After that he was scouted (lol) to play on the ASRAB Goal ball team.

We did the run the next year 2012, in Edmonton, our team was then started with 5 people. In 2013, Jason was chosen to be Sight Night Edmonton’s Honorary Co-chair with Mayor Mandel. Our team grew that year to include many family and friends. Jason was very excited to meet the Edmonton Oilers Cheerleaders!

Jason Schmidt acting as Honourary Chair of sight night

2014 we were all gearing up to join Jason again when tragedy once again hit us hard. Jason passed away through the night on Aug 15, 2014 due to an undiagnosed heart condition sustained through his accident 7 yrs earlier. We were all bound and determined to carry on Jason’s Sight Night Legacy. We gathered a large team of 30 that year, and Flaman put in a team in memory of Jason. We also had relatives do their own Sight Night walk in Kelowna.

2015-present. Every year we will continue to support ASRAB and Sight Night. We all enjoy coming together to remember Jason.

Some years our team is a bit smaller, other year a bit bigger. We will see what 2020 brings us!!! But we know that Jason will always be running with us.

Photo of Team Jay.

October 3 – Sight Night Edmonton

Sight Night Edmonton Day! A little throwback to when we hosted #sightnight at the ball field!

photo shows runners starting the sight night race wearing their headlamps

October 4 – World Guide Dog Day

Today’s theme is all about the guide dogs and thanks to two of our young ambassadors, we were able to share their story with you!
Zach and Gabe are very well known in the ASRAB community, mainly because they participate in many ASRAB programs.

Zach got involved in ASRAB when he lost a large portion of his vision to an infection at the age of 8, affecting his ability to participate in sports. His mom researched how he could participate in sports and landed on ASRAB, and he started with “movement for me” starting his journey with ASRAB.

To name a few, Zack has Participated in movement for me, skateboarding, soccer, dance, walking club, triathlon, skiing, lawn bowling, bocce ball, with his favourite being walking club because you get to walk for an hour and talk and he really likes talking.
Gabe got involved with ASRAB 4 years ago when his mom asked him if he wanted to try goalball, he asked what it was, she explained it to him, and he said yes! It started with goalball but it spiralled into swimming, skiing, skateboarding, soccer, walking club, gymnastics and more. His favourite programs to participate in are skateboarding or gymnastics.

Zach and Gabe are both part of the CNIB Buddy Dog program, and were partnered with Buddy Dogs, Elsie and Maggie to help them prepare for Guide Dog partnerships. Currently there are only 7 Buddy dogs across Canada. Their dogs don’t help them with sports but they do connect to them on a deeper emotional level and are giving the boys more responsibility and confidence.

October 5 – World Teachers for Visually Impaired Day

Today is World Teachers for Visually Impaired Day. Danille Hamelink is an educational consultant for students who are blind and visually impaired in southern Alberta. Danille says, “I consider myself lucky to work as a Teacher for the Blind and Visually Impaired. On a very good day I’d like to think I teach my students something impactful. However, every single day my students teach me about life, resiliency, and spirit!.” Thank you to Danille and all teachers for the visually impaired.

October 6 – National Coaches Day

Today’s #sightnight virtual theme day is in celebration of all our fantastic coaches out there! Let’s celebrate the positive impact coaches have on athletes and their communities across Canada. Photo includes goalball coaches and team member.

National coaches day

October 7 – Physical Literacy

Today’s #sightnight theme is Physical Literacy day! What is physical literacy? Check out the note below from Lea Wiens, our Master Learning Facilitator:

“The benefits of physical activity for those with a visual impairment can not be undervalued! In addition to the improved health and physical skills, for children with a visual impairment physical activity and sport are a powerful vehicle for social connection as well as improving their confidence, balance, strength, etc. to better navigate throughout their daily activities. The Developing Physical Literacy for Children and Youth with a Visual Impairment workshop that ASRAB developed, is designed to provide leaders, parents and coaches with the knowledge, skills and resources to support their participants and athletes with a visual impairment to gain the skills, confidence and motivation to live an active, healthy, lifestyle.

Photo shows youth in a physical literacy program.

Physical Literacy

October 8 – Team Appreciation Day

Today we are celebrating another theme day in our #sightnight virtual event! We are fortunate to have so many great teams join sight night every year and today we would like to feature Brian McIvor and his family from Calgary, who have been participating in sight night since the beginning and a top fundraiser every year!

Brian McIvor has been a part of ASRAB since 1974. In the last few years he’s been mainly involved in lawn bowling, but was previously involved in hockey and track and field.
The McIvors have been participating in Sight Night since the very beginning…nieces, nephews, cousins, brother in laws, sisters, family friends and more have made an impact. Brian said “my team has really encouraged me to take part each year, and they’ve been willing to help out with Sight Night – they look forward to it every year.”

The awareness that Brian wanted to show his family has started to spread to others. One year Brian’s sister was talking to a visually impaired young boy’s grandmother about sight night and that year the boy participated and was then introduced to ASRAB.
Sight Night has truly become a family tradition for the McIvors and we are so grateful for their support and advocacy!

Another one of our biggest team supporters are from the team “Miles for Matthew” This group has been with #sightnight for many years and almost always win the top fundraiser prize for #sightnightEdmonton.

A few more photos to share from another dedicated Team – Running for Jay! Make sure to send us your team photos so we can also profile your team!

Team Appreciation Day

Last night Team Running for Jay hit the trails in Millet, AB! Check out the photos below of their team. We sure missed seeing you guys in person this year.

Make sure to send us your photos, we would love to feature you or your team!

Team Appreciation AB Team Appreciation AB

Team Appreciation AB

Team Appreciation AB

October 9 – World Sight Day

Today’s #sightnight theme is #worldsightday and we wanted to celebrate another team who participates each year ,from the Bonavista Eye Care Clinic. Meet Jillene Cooper, optician, who is running sight night every night of the event. She wanted to share a few tips:
“All our doctors agreed the best ways to take care of and maintain you vision are; get your eyes examined regularly, wear your sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV and healthy eating habits go a long way to protecting your vision, from bright coloured fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens and most importantly DARK CHOCOLATE! Happy World Sight Day!”

World Sight Day

October 10 – Sight Night Red Deer

Earlier this year, we were approached by a group in Red Deer to establish a #sightnight event in their city. Unfortunately COVID hit and plans changed. BUT the group from Red Deer still made it happen and we couldn’t be more excited for them. More than 60 individuals from Red Deer took part in the virtual event!!!

Check out this video from Caden, whose mom and family made the event a huge success. We can’t wait to see what happens in 2021!
#sightnightreddeer

A few more photos from #sightnightreddeer. They had more than 60 participants join the virtual event this year!

Sight Night Red Deer

Sight Night Red Deer Sight Night Red Deer

October 11 – Team Flaman Fitness

Sight Night events have been taking place for the last 10 years and over that time, we’ve had the best sponsors. A big part of our success is thanks to Flaman Group of Companies. Not only have they sponsored the event by providing dollars, but they’ve become a big part of the community. They come to every event with a BIG team and never miss an opportunity to join in on the fun.

Thank you for making our event so successful! We can’t wait to see you next year, hopefully in person.

Team Flaman Fitness

Team Flaman Fitness Team Flaman Fitness

October 12 – Family Day

On October 12th, we celebrated family day! It was hard to choose a family because there are so many amazing families that are a part of ASRAB. The ambassadors are the Ruttle Family. The family consists of Daniela, James, Curtis, and Cass.

Curtis and Cass are very heavily involved in ASRAB, they have participated in almost everything such as goalball, dance, gymnastics, sports literacy, golf, triathlon, skateboarding, horseback riding, soccer, skiing, hockey, skating, and much more. Their favourite activities are definitely hockey and skateboarding! Curtis and Cass are athletic and active so it was a no brainer to participate in ASRAB and it has given them a ton of opportunities.

Every year, the weekend of Sight Night, the Ruttle family always had hockey except for last year, they finally got to participate and Daniela volunteered at a station, and since it’s virtual this year, they will be participating once again because they had a ton of fun and love to support ASRAB.

Curtis and Cass, even though they are only in grade 10 and grade 8 and have accomplished so much including being Para Athletes and Advocates for the Visually Impaired and have been able to do so much from the support of their family. We are so proud of their achievements and can’t wait to see what else this family accomplishes!

Family

Family

Family Family

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at ASRAB. We are so grateful for you!

October 14 – Volunteers

Today we are celebrating our volunteers!

Volunteers are at the heart of our event! Today we want to celebrate a few of the groups who have been with us for many years. Below is a message from our sight night chair, Carrie Anton:

The Beverly Optimists are an integral part of sight night.

Since I can remember they have donated time and funds to ensure we are a success. By manning the BBQ and cooking up a storm, the Beverly Optimists are part of our sight night team of volunteers.

I love sharing stories and they love meeting our blind athletes. Dean, myself, Bri and Vi were invited to chat at meetings. We definitely gained friends in this crew of tireless volunteers.

My favorite moment is when I first met Shelly [president] in my first year of coordinating sight night Edmonton. She comes to me holding something and asks, “what is this?”. I say, “spatula”. She asks calmly, “for flipping burgers?”. I shyly answer, “no, for baking”. And I thought predicting the number of burgers was my biggest problem. The Beverly Optimist crew came to the rescue, delivering BBQs, running home for hamburger flippers and back up propane.

When we switched venues last year, the Beverly Optimists said, “Don’t worry, we’ve got it” and they organized the buffet station. I have no worries when the Beverly Optimists take the ball and run. That is the team I like to play on.

Thank you Beverly Optimists Team for your support over the years and again this year during our virtual sight night 2020 fund raiser. I look forward to chatting over the grill next year.

Carrie
Coordinator, sight night Edmonton

Volunteers

Volunteers Volunteers

Another group of volunteers who have become part of our community and also our friends are from the Killarney Group. They attend sight night every year and jump at the chance to help with anything! They’ve been our cheerleaders, swag bag makers, greeters, bus drivers and so much more.

We can’t wait to see you again, next year!

Volunteers

October 15 – Blind Hockey

Today’s theme for the virtual #sightnight event is Blind Hockey! There are several teams in AB who we want to celebrate including The Edmonton SeeHawks, Red Deer Central BullsEye and the Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs. On October 4th, several members of the Edmonton SeeHawks took to the ice to complete the #sightnight race on skates! The photos below are from the various teams, including an opportunity to participate in the Hockey is for Everyone campaign!

if you’re interested in joining one of these teams or volunteering, send us a message!

Hockey

Hockey

Hockey

Hockey

Check out this time lapse video from the #sightnight skate day on Oct. 4th where skaters completed 2.5, 5 or 10km laps!

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for #sightnight! We have reached 125 participants and raised more than $5000!

October 16 – Team Appreciation Day

Today is #teamappreciation day for the #sightnight virtual run and walk. We have a lot of new teams joining the event this year. Comment below and let us know your team name so we can make sure to give a shout out!

Team Know Thy Impact-CBE Vision Strategists

Team Appreciation

Here are a few photos of teams that have participated in #sightnight over the years! Thank you! We love your dedication and commitment to our community. Here are a few photos of teams that have participated in #sightnight over the years! Thank you! We love your dedication and commitment to our community.

Team Appreciation

Team Appreciation

Team Appreciation

Team Appreciation

October 17 – Sight Night Calgary

Its the last weekend for our virtual #sightnight event and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate with the city that started it all! 2020 marks 10 years for #sightnightcalgary. Did you run this weekend? Make sure to share your photos with us! Here’s a team photo from a recent run!

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