MS Walk tops $20k and count­ing

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The 2017 Jay­man BUILT MS Walk went off with­out a hitch Sun­day morn­ing. Dozens of walk­ers turned out at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity on May 7 to raise aware­ness and funds for the Mul­ti­ple Sclero­sis So­ci­ety of Canada. Many on route have been touched by the ef­fect of MS and are show­ing their sup­port to fund re­search and pro­vide ser­vices for those with MS.

Co­or­di­na­tor of the Drumheller walk, Kim Mor­timer, tells The Mail, there were 60 signed up to take part in the walk.

Money raised through the Jay­man BUILT MS Walk goes to fund local pro­grams and ser­vices to help peo­ple ef­fec­tively man­age and cope with MS, and will also fuel Cana­dian MS re­search into causes, im­proved treat­ments, and a cure. Mor­timer said so far the event has raised more than $20,000.

“Early num­bers show $20,700,” she said. “Our goal was $33,000 but th­ese are early num­bers so it still might get bumped up.”

This was the first year that Mor­timer has or­ga­nized the Drumheller MS Walk and

she says the volunteers on the route were cru­cial to its suc­cess, as she was work­ing from Red Deer.

“They put me in the right di­rec­tion, and we had no prob­lems when we set up Sun­day morn­ing,” she said. “With­out the help of the volunteers, I would have not known where I had been.”

She adds that fundrais­ing to­wards the event closes July 31.

“There is still time for peo­ple who are fundrais­ing or those who still want to con­trib­ute,” she said, in­clud­ing on­line do­na­tions.

It is not too early to think of next year.

“If any­body wants to reg­is­ter for the 2018 Walk, regis­tra­tion is open. We have a head start in the province, we have about 23 reg­is­tered for next year,” she said.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

About 60 walk­ers came out Sun­day morn­ing, May 7 for the Jay­man BUILT MS Walk. So far the event has raised $20,700, and more do­na­tions are ex­pected to come in.

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