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Hit the slopes, for hope, this Saturday at Murray Ridge

Slopes for Hope organizer Ekaterina Filatov

Ever want to ski Mount Everest? No, probably not.

How about skiing the vertical drop of the world’s tallest mountain, which is 8,848 metres or, if you’re old school, 29,030 feet. Either way, it’s a lot of skiing.

It’s also the equivalent of 18 runs down Murray Ridge at Fort St. James.

That’s the goal everyone who will be participating in this weekend’s Slopes for Hope at the hill. In addition, they will raising money for the B.C. Cancer Centre for the North.

“It’s an event similar to Run for the Cure, but instead of running, you’re skiing,” said Ekaterina Filatov, who is organizing the event, slated for Saturday, March 7.

Murray Ridge is hosting its fourth annual Mt. Everest Challenge and Slopes for Hope has teamed up with the hill to present the fundraiser. Participants are encouraged to fundraise money prior to the event (solo or as teams).

Participants who fundraise a minimum of $30 will have their entry fee for the Mt. Everest Challenge covered and there will be prizes for the individual and/or team raising the most money.

The event used to be hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society used to host the event but decided not to this year.

“I really loved the event so I really wanted to have it keep going,” she said. “Rather than have the funds go back to the Canadian Cancer Society, I wanted to have the funds go back to northern B.C. cancer patients.”

She landed on the B.C. Cancer Centre for the North’s patient comfort fund, which helps cover costs for people from northern B.C. to travel to Prince George for treatment.

“I really love the fact that there’s a fund that directly helps people in need when they’re already going through such a stressful time in their lives,” she said.

Slopes for Hope 2020 has the aim to give back to the community, support local businesses and help cancer patients of the North.

Donations will be collected at Murray Ridge (cash/cheques) or via e-transfer at slopesforhope2020@gmail.com

Or you can find the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/553733928573080/

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