When Dan Proctor and I walked into our local TD bank over a year ago to open our Outrun Rare bank account I remember thinking ‘we’ve got this’ and ‘really how hard can this accounting be’. Money in and expenses out. So far so good, right? Then we discovered we were in way over our heads with thinking we could make our way through the complicated jungle of accounting and the financial management side of Outrun Rare. Sure, we could dream up a national fundraising campaign but understanding the complexities of tax and finance was something we needed help with.
Things changed when a friend of ours, Janet Leung stepped up to help us understand and oversee Outrun Rare’s finances. Not only did she bring her incredible personality and spirit to our team, but also her accounting knowledge as a Chartered Professional Accountant and as the Controller at Azimuth Capital Management (“Azimuth”).
Alongside Janet’s volunteer support, Azimuth has been a great supporter of Outrun Rare sponsoring two days (Calgary and St. John’s) as part of our Adopt-A-Day program. Their financial support is a major reason why this project is in full swing.
In addition, Chris Hooper, Managing Director at Azimuth, friend and fellow athlete joins me today as I run into the City of Calgary. I am very grateful for their continued support and encouragement as I run across Canada to raise awareness and money for research for the Rare Disease Foundation.