MS Walk tops $20k and counting
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.
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.