Initial results are in for the six annual Climb for Cancer. More than $47,000 has been raised for the Kordyban Lodge, which is just shy of the $50,000 goal set for this year and brings the total raised over six years to $250,000. The top fundraising team was The Unicorns, who drummed up over $6,000 for the Kordyban Lodge. Donations are still rolling in, so it is possible the fundraising goal set for 2021 could be met or exceeded.
An estimated 500 people attended events over the weekend, including the community concert at the Northern Lights Estate Winery on Saturday and the climb at the cutbanks on Sunday, with about 35 people stepping up to volunteer. Attendance was staggered over the course of the climb to ensure adequate physical distancing. Volunteers were made up of planning committee members, including one who travelled from Kamloops for the event, Kordyban Lodge staff, and the UNBC Timberwolves Athletic Society.
“We are thrilled with the amount raised and the incredible support from the community both in participating in the event and raising money for the Kordyban Lodge and providing support to ensure both events ran smoothly,” said Doug Bell, planning committee chair, in a news release. “I want to give a big thank you to planning committee members, all of the participants and volunteers, our sponsors, including title sponsor of four years Carrier Lumber, and the musicians, food truck operators, and vendors who made the community event possible.”
The weather was cold and dreary on Saturday evening, but that did not stop people from coming out to enjoy music by Chris Goodwin, Ben Brown, and Chris Camilli, munch on eats from Smokey J’s and The Open Door Café, and browse a number of vendor tables. The clouds parted on Sunday and the sun came out, making for the perfect conditions for people tackling the cutbanks. Teams and individual participants were assigned a “time to climb” between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to space out the number of people on the cutbanks at one time.
The year 2019 remains a record year with $65,000 being raised and over 500 people participating. Despite a number of planning changes due to provincial health orders put in place to curb transmission of COVID-19, the Climb for Cancer was able go ahead in 2020 and 2021, raising almost $90,000 over the two years. All of these funds go 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.