The third annual Climb for Cancer welcomed more than 450 people Saturday afternoon as they made the commitment to climb the cutbanks in Prince George to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Kordyban Lodge.
Donations are still being accepted, but early indications are this year’s climb will have raised just over $50,000 for the lodge which is a home away from home for those undergoing cancer treatment in Prince George.
“The response today was outstanding,” said Climb Committee Chair David Duck, who offered his appreciation for all who took part in the climb itself, volunteered or provided sponsorship to make the event an overwhelming success.
New this year were trophies to recognize special achievements:
Top fundraising team was the “Winers” led by team Captain Richard Cox. That team collected $4,443 dollars for the event giving the “Winers” the honour of taking home the Kordyban Cup.
The “Winers” team member, Maureen Cox received the “Spirit Award.”
The oldest climber was aged 79, the youngest just two years old.
The fastest male climber did the hill in 4:11 while the fastest climb by a female clocked 4:53.
Members of the Prince George Fire Rescue Local 1372, kept everyone fed during the four-hour event, cooking up hot dogs and burgers on the grill, or dishing out hot chili for those who needed a bit of a warm up on an otherwise windy and chilly day.
“The efforts of everyone involved are so important for the Kordyban Lodge which costs about $70 thousand dollars a month to operate” said Duck.
The Climb for Cancer Committee Chair was among those who took the challenge, coming in second when it came to fundraising. His team “The Mighty Ducks” brought in $2,675 in donations.
- Youngest climber (tie) Jacob Hall and Harrison Neufeld ( both aged two)
- Oldest climber: Uta Schuller aged 79
- Fastest male: Tyson Williams
- Fastest Female: Mary Maclay
- Top Fundraising team “Winers” led by Richard Cox
- Spirit Award Maureen Cox of the “Winers”