The sixth annual Climb for Cancer will be going ahead in 2021, but not during April when the event is normally held due to ongoing provincial restrictions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 under which events are not permitted.
“We want people to be aware that the Planning Committee is working on ensuring the Climb for Cancer happens in 2021, but we haven’t yet set a date as we are watching Provincial guidelines for events closely,” said Doug Bell, Planning Committee Chair. “After last year’s re-imagined event, we had hoped to return to our regular event in April 2021, but it has become clear that we will likely have to hold the Climb for Cancer later in the year in a revised format.”
In 2020, the event to raise funds for the Kordyban Lodge was held over four days in August so that teams could climb the cutbanks during assigned time slots. This ensured people were participating within their bubbles and could maintain an appropriate physical distance from others. This will likely be the same format the event takes in 2021. The Climb for Cancer is normally held over one day in April with all teams climbing at the same time.
Despite the Climb for Cancer being postponed to August in 2020 with the new dates being announced shortly before the event took place, participants and sponsors rallied and ended up raising almost $40,000 for the Kordyban Lodge, bringing the total amount raised over five years to a phenomenal $207,000. The year 2019 was a record year with $65,000 being raised and over 500 participants. The money raised through the Climb for Cancer is used to pay for annual costs associated with operating the Kordyban Lodge, which is a not-for-profit organization that serves as a home-away-from-home for cancer patients from the region receiving treatment at the BC Cancer Centre for the North and their families.
Participants, volunteers, and sponsors including the title sponsor of four years, Carrier Lumber, are integral to ensuring the success of the Climb for Cancer, which is the main annual fundraising event for the Kordyban Lodge. Donations are accepted leading up to and following the event.