VO is recruiting and deploying volunteers to respond to the volunteer needs specific to COVID-19 in Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Lanark County and Renfrew County while ensuring proper screening and training protocals to safeguard the health of those volunteering and those they are assisting. Please see the intake portals for volunteers, for members, and for other agencies on our hompage. VO’s COVID 19 volunteer deployment program is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Ottawa Community Foundation.
In 1999, during the provincial hospital restructuring and merger period, Kent Woodhall witnessed the collapse of a small running event supporting patient care at the General Hospital. With a desire to give back to the community, Kent saw a unique opportunity to revive the Rattle Me Bones Road Race with a mandate focused on building a stronger, healthier community and continue the fight against cancer. Since that time, the event has grown from 290 participants to over 3,200 runners and 200 volunteers raising over $1.2 million for patient care and research at The Ottawa Hospital. Most recently the funds raised supported research on ways to treat bone cancer, developing approaches to prevent cancer from spreading to the bone, and optimizing bone cancer surgery techniques.