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Volunteers needed for 2021 Climb for Cancer and community event

The sixth annual Climb for Cancer is right around the corner and the planning committee is putting out a call out for volunteers to assist with the community concert and barbecue and during the day of the fundraising event.

Around 30 volunteers are needed to help with set-up of the concert and barbecue on September 18, direct parking, and assist with running the donation and non-alcoholic beverage tables. About 10 additional volunteers are required to assist with set-up, registration, and cheering on participants as they climb the cutbanks on September 19. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for shifts on one or both days, with the longest shift being about 2.5 hours. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Sandra Blackwell, Volunteer Coordinator, at 250-961-4667 or sandrablackwell@shaw.ca or send a message via Facebook or Instagram.

“As this is a volunteer run event, we rely heavily on the support of our very giving community, not only to participate in the Climb for Cancer, but also to help run the event,” said Doug Bell, Planning Committee Chair, in a news release. “As we have expanded this fundraiser to include a community event, we require more volunteers than normal and are looking to the community to help us out.”

The community event on Saturday will take place from 5-8 pm on September 18 at the Northern Lights Estate Winery. It will feature music by Chris Goodwin, Ben Brown, and Chris Camilli. Attendees can savour delicious eats from Smokey J’s, The Open Door Café, The Veg Head Killer Food, and other food trucks. There will also be a number of artisan vendors from the local Farmers’ Markets on hand displaying their goods for sale. This event will go ahead rain or shine with entrance by donation to the Kordyban Lodge. A vaccine passport is not required to attend.

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.

Almost $40,000 was raised for the Kordyban Lodge in 2020, bringing the total amount raised over five years to $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. Donations are accepted leading up to and following the event.

For more information about this event and to register, visit the Climb for Cancer Facebook and Instagram pages or head to www.climbforcancer.ca.

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