St. Mary Principal Raises More Than $8,600 for NNP

St. Mary Principal Raises More Than $8,600 for Niagara Nutrition Partners

This Father’s Day weekend, Paolo Sirianni, principal of St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in Welland, spent his time giving back to an organization that supports students in his school and throughout Niagara.

Following up on his double-marathon weekend in support of Niagara Nutrition Partners in 2021, Mr. Sirianni ran 50 kilometres on Saturday, beginning at Queenston Heights at 7 a.m., running along the Bruce Trail for 25 kilometres until Glendale Avenue near Brock, then returning to Queenston Heights along the same route in the afternoon. He finished the 50K trek – which covered an elevation of 733 metres – in 7:08:02, raising more than $7,700 (at this point) for the organization this year.

Oh, did we forget to mention the push-ups? At every one-kilometre mark, he dropped and did 20 push-ups, making his entire commitment 50 kilometres and 1,000 push-ups.

His goal was to raise $7,000, but he raised a total of $8,678, money that will be used to support NNP, which provides breakfast and snack programs in schools, and grocery gift cards for families in need during the holidays and over the summer.

“Nutrition is key for student development and learning and it is important to set our students up for success each day with the proper nutrition,” Mr. Sirianni says of his decision to support NNP. “If they don’t eat, then they will not be set up for success in order to learn.”

He is grateful to his family and friends, colleagues, the school community, and members of the Niagara United Soccer Club for supporting him on his journey. For anyone wondering, Mr. Sirianni was rewarded with a steak, pizza, and M&Ms after his big run.

Check out the photos from the run and the cheque presentation below. You can listen to a pre-run interview with Mr. Sirianni on the Niagara Sports Report on 610CKTB here, and a post-run interview here.

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