9th Annual Linda’s Walk 5K

The St. Clare Inn operates under the direction of Our Lady of the Angels Province friar and Executive Director, Friar Tom Purcell, OFM Conv. He and all of our friars thank you for your support.

August 18, 2018 ~ 9th Linda’s Walk

The Annual Linda’s Walk began in 2010 and is the largest fund raiser supporting St. Clare Inn, a transitional housing program helping homeless women with mental health challenges rebuild their lives. These homeless women (aged 30-60) find community, care, shelter, and support in their healing journey.  The walk is named in honor of  Linda Houston, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and who died of a heart attack, alone and homeless, in 1997. The people and the friars of the Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure, who often helped her out with some money and food, were moved by her tragic life circumstance and her resulting death. In 2007, St. Clare Inn was established by the Friends of Saint Francis, a group of dedicated professional lay men and women, along with our area friars. St. Clare Inn’s also holds an Annual Soirée. You don’t have to be in Ontario to support the fundraising efforts for St. Clare Inn. Visit the “How You Can Help!” page on their website for more information.

If you are in the area, we encourage you to actively participate. Now in its 9th year, Linda’s Walk 2018, an easy 5k walk through the Don Mills, Toronto, ON neighborhood that is more of a fun get together than a physical labor. Walkers are encouraged to exercise with the supporters of St. Clare Inn and raise funds. The pledges collected allow St. Clare Inn to continue supporting homeless women in crisis and to provide them with a “safe” place where they can start to rebuild their lives. They rely on the generosity of people like you for continued support and crucial fundraising dollars. Photos from last year’s walk.
Register and Fundraise Online. Set your goals and create a personal fundraising page. Request donations from your contacts (friends, family, coworkers, etc.). You’ll be surprised by the number of people who will want to support you when they are asked. A prize will be awarded to the person who raises the most money. The more you raise, the better your chance to win!

Walk Itinerary

  • 8:00 am – Sign in, coffee, T-shirt pick up (Please Pre-Register)
  • 8:45 am – Introduction from Executive Director
  • 9:00 am – Start walking!
  • 10:30 am – 11:00 pm – walkers return, prizes awarded & free BBQ
  • All funds raised will support the work of St. Clare Inn.