With only three weeks left until the Climb for Cancer, the planning committee is calling on people to register and start fundraising to help reach the $50,000 fundraising goal set for 2021. Due to having to postpone the event while awaiting word on if event restrictions would be lifted and the resulting shortened amount of time for raising awareness about the event, the number of participants is only at about 60 per cent of what it was this time last year.
“The community really rallied to support the Kordyban Lodge in 2020, but our fundraising numbers still took a hit due to needing to reschedule the Climb for Cancer a couple of times as a result of restrictions put on gatherings to curb the spread of COVID-19,” said Doug Bell, Planning Committee Chair. “We are in the same situation this year and have some catching up to do in terms of participation numbers so we can hit our fundraising target to assist the Kordyban Lodge with its annual operating expenses.”
A community concert and barbec7e are being held on September 18 at the Northern Lights Estate Winery orchard to help participants get ready to tackle the cutbanks during the Climb for Cancer on the 19. Attendees can listen to talented local musicians rock the orchards at the Northern Lights Estate Winery while chomping down on tasty eats from several food trucks. There will also be an artisan market, a bunch of fun activities, a silent auction, and a great door prize. Parking is limited at the orchard, so Paxton has donated a shuttle so people can park in the PWB parking lot and get safely to and from the event. Donations will go toward the total amount raised for the Kordyban Lodge.
The day of the climb, teams and individual participants will be assigned a “time to climb” between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Each time slot will be a half hour and limited to a maximum of 50 participants. This format was introduced in 2020 to reduce the number of people climbing the cutbanks at one time and using this format again will ensure participants have plenty of space to move at their own pace and take a break if needed.
Although the Climb for Cancer was pushed to August in 2020, almost $40,000 was raised 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. All money raised goes toward annual costs associated with operating the Kordyban Lodge, which is a not-for-profit organization that provides an affordable and safe 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.