MS Walk num­bers down

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The MS Walk, one of Drumheller’s most sup­ported char­ity events, will be held again on Sun­day, May 1 but or­ga­niz­ers say this year’s reg­is­tra­tion num­bers are sig­nif­i­cantly down from pre­vi­ous years.

“It’s a trend we are see­ing amongst all the walks,” said MS Walk co­or­di­na­tor Calan Edgar. “Reg­is­tra­tion num­bers are down not just in Drumheller but all through­out Al­berta.”

As of Mon­day 55 walk­ers and 15 teams are reg­is­tered in Drumheller’s event, with do­na­tions sit­ting at $4,500 with a goal of $61,500. Last year’s event saw 200 peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing and they raised over $60,000. The cur­rent top on­line teams are Frank Laslo’s team ($1,525), Stand By Me ($1,384), and the John­ston’s ($345).

“We un­der­stand we’re in dif­fi­cult times with the econ­omy and some peo­ple are a bit ap­pre­hen­sive about ask­ing for do­na­tions, but we are try­ing to re­mind our par­tic­i­pants that there’s no reg­is­tra­tion fee or min­i­mal amount re­quired to fundraise,” said Edgar. “So even if you come out and walk with us it is still giv­ing us a lot of sup­port in bring- ing our com­mu­nity to­gether. The walks in Drumheller have blown us away with com­mu­nity sup­port, so we want to recre­ate that at­mos­phere again.”

Last year was one of the high­est years in Drumheller re­gard­ing walker num­bers.

The MS Walk is Bos­ton Pizza’s Com­mu­nity Part­ner for April and BP’s will be invit­ing guests to round up their bill to pro­vide do­na­tions for the en­tire month, as well as of­fer­ing a $10 lunch combo of an in­di­vid­ual pizza and pop, with a dol­lar go­ing to­wards the walk. In run­ning this fundraiser Bos­ton Pizza is also sup­port­ing one of their em­ploy­ees who was di­ag­nosed with MS. Restau­rant server Carly Wil­son of Mor­rin was di­ag­nosed in 2014 and will be par­tici- pat­ing with her team “Carly’s Cuties” in the walk this year.

“It was a hard pill to swal­low, but it is what it is and you can’t do much about it other than keep a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and be­lieve it will be ok in the end,” said Wil­son. “It means a whole lot to know that my BP’s fam­ily has my back.”

The MS Walk in Drumheller is sched­uled to start Sun­day, May 1 at 9:30 a.m. at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity. Route Lengths are 1km, 4km, 5.8km, and 10km. Walk­ers and teams can reg­is­ter at mswalks.ca, and fol­low­ing the event may be eas­ily done by lik­ing the Drumheller spe­cific MS Walks Face­book page.

Reg­is­tra­tion num­bers are down not just in Drumheller.”

Reg­is­tra­tion num­bers are down com­pared to last year’s MS Walk, but or­ga­niz­ers and fundrais­ers of this year’s Jay­man Built MS Walk on Sun­day, May 1 hope walk­ers and reg­is­trants will be able to show the strong sup­port that Drumheller al­ways has given.

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