Sunday April 3, 2011
Where There's A Will, There's A Walk
Scotiabank MS Walk May 1 is at Strathcona School this year
Staff Report/Voice file photo
Diana McIntyre, Fundraising Event and Volunteer Coordinator of the MS Walk was on 98.3 Starfm and spoke to morning show personality Scott O'Reilly about the upcoming May 1 fundraiser in Chilliwack.
We're excited about the walk this year and in Chilliwack it's going to be especially exciting because we're at a new venue, we'll be out at Strathcona Elementary, we've got a new walk route so it will be more interesting for those who come back year after year and we have a little later start time. Instead of starting at noon, this year we're going to be starting at one o'clock so those who have other commitments on Sunday morning have a little bit more time to be able to come and participate.
It's actually our largest fundraiser across Canada. Over $1.6-million was raised in BC last year.
There's a lot of information (about MS) that's out there and a lot that's going on. For people that want to learn more about that they can go to the MS Society's website and they can link into the research. There's also a dedicated website; www.ccsica.ca where they can find out more information.
There's wonderful people that come out and we're really hopeful that we have a good uptake from the community this year and we continue to grow this event in Chilliwack and get it going with a good strong start because it's a lot of fun. It's very hopeful.
The end of the interview on 98.3 Starfm.
According to the MS Society, Canadians have one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world.
Last year the annual Scotiabank Multiple Sclerosis Walk at Fairfield Island Park collected $40,572.03 in donations with more pledge money trickling in later.
MS Walks take place all over BC at about this time and tens of thousands of supporters, volunteers and walkers participate in over 160 Canadian communities. The fundraisers first started in 1991 and have grown in numbers exponentially. In 2008, the MS Society raised $12 million for research funding.
Some of the money raised is donated to research and the balance stays in the community to help people with MS in a variety of ways like buying them wheelchairs.
The Scotiabank MS Walk is May 1 at Strathcona Elementary. Check-in time is 11:45 and the walk starts at 1 pm.
Registration for the 2011 Scotiabank MS WALKs is now open. Go to www.mswalks.ca to register online, make a donation, get forms and learn about this disease.
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