BY BILL PHILLIPS
Get your climbing shoes on.
The Climb for Cancer is only a month away.
The fourth annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Kordyban Lodge runs April 27 from noon to 4 p.m.
“This is really exciting for us,” said organizer Doug Bell, of the Northern Lights Estate Winery which is the starting and ending point for the climb. “In our first three years we’ve been able to raise $107,000 for the Kordyban Lodge. The Climb for Cancer is really important for us at the Northern Lights Estate Winery because it brings the community together for fitness, for fun, and for families.”
The goal this year is to raise $70,000. Bell said it costs almost $80,000 per month to operate Kordyban Lodge, which provides a place to stay for patients undergoing cancer treatment in Prince George.
“When you’re going through cancer treatment, you need all the support of your friends, your family and, of course, your health, to deal with stress, the physical toll it takes on your body,” he said. “At Kordyban Lodge the thing that really happens there is brings everyone together in a safe place where they’re able to express themselves in a much easier way and get services they need in an affordable way.”
Carrier Lumber is the title sponsor again this year.
The event involves individuals and/or teams climbing the iconic Prince George cutbanks while raising money.
“This is an event for all ages,” said David Duck, Climb for Cancer chair. “Last year we had more than 450 people climb the cutbanks, from ages two to 79, raising more than $50,000 in the process. Our registration is open and we are ready for an even bigger event this in 2019.”
The day is a fun event and don’t be discouraged if you’re not a top-notch athlete who can sprint to the top.
“We want you to challenge your friends, your family, people to who are ready to challenge themselves,” said Bell. “We want to see people who aren’t interested in climbing the cutbanks to come out and enjoy the day.”
There will be food available all day, games, a scavenger hunt for the kids, and there will be prizes for the fastest male and fastest female climber, spirit award for those who, perhaps, get dressed up for the fun, and there will be the Kordyban Cup for the team that raises the most amount of money.