The Butterfly Run Quinte was started in 2016 by three local moms wanting to fundraise and help support families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy or the loss of a child.

This local event is organized in partnership with the Belleville General Hospital Foundation.  All of the funds raised go to the Child Bereavement Fund and are used to supply resources for Quinte 7 Maternal Child and the Emergency Departments at all four Quinte Health Care sites.

With the funds raised in both the 2016 & 2017 runs Barb, Beth and Loralee have provided over 2,800 kits to the Maternal Child Department on Quinte 7 and all four QHC Emergency Departments (Belleville, Picton, Trenton and North Hastings).  Compassionate care training was also provided for the hospital staff in these departments as well as equipment that has been purchased for the Maternal Child Department on Quinte 7.

The runs have also created awareness and support within the community.  This event provides an opportunity for families to speak openly about their lost babies and connect with others who have had similar experiences.

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Butterfly Run taking place on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 at Zwick's Centennial Park in Belleville, Ontario.  The event will feature a 1K Family Walk, a 5K Walk/Run and a 10K Walk/Run.  The family walk is free for kids 12 and under!  Participants who have registered for the 5K or the 10K are welcome to participate in the Family Walk at no additional charge.

'I think the Butterfly Run has been an incredible gift to families in our community who have experienced a loss of their baby. It has raised community awareness about perinatal loss, now people can talk about it and they can connect to people who have shared experiences.'

Darlene Stuckless, Social Worker at BGH

'We received the very first Butterfly Kit and it helped us to create memories and keepsakes in the short time we had with our infant daughter.  One of our favourite items from the kit was a small stuffed bunny which snuggled up with our daughter when she was born and later provided me comfort when I returned home without her.  Our son now plays with his sister's bunny and he understands how special she is.  It's also a great conversation starter with our son to keep her memory alive in our family.'


The Butterfly Girls