The 6th annual Climb for Cancer will take place from September 18 – 19, 2021, with the addition of a community BBQ and concert being held the evening before the main event takes place.
The format of this year’s fundraiser for the Kordyban Lodge will be much closer to what people remember pre-2020, with teams climbing the cutbanks over the course of the day on September 19th. However, like last year, each team will be assigned a timeslot to slightly reduce the number of people climbing the cutbanks at one time. This will ensure participants have plenty of space to move at their own pace and take a break if needed.
The community BBQ and concert will take place the day before the Climb for Cancer to get people energized and excited for the main event. Details are still in the works, but tentative plans include a concert, food trucks, games, and maybe a silent auction by donation to the Kordyban Lodge. Every donation will help reach the Planning Committee’s $50,000 fundraising goal for 2021.
“We are excited that we can once again host the Climb for Cancer over a day instead of over four days like in 2020, thanks to Provincial guidelines for events being eased,” says Doug Bell, Planning Committee Chair. “We’re also really looking forward to seeing people gather and enjoy music and food together after over a year of staying apart.”
In 2020, the event to raise funds for the Kordyban Lodge was held over four days in August so 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. The Climb for Cancer is normally held over one day in April with all teams climbing at the same time, but the Planning Committee decided to hold it later in the year in the anticipation that restrictions on events would be lifted, which turned out to be the case.
Participants and sponsors rallied in 2020 and raised almost $40,000 for the Kordyban Lodge, bringing the total amount raised over five years to an amazing $207,000. 2019 was a record year with $65,000 being raised and over 500 people participating. 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.