‘This com­mu­nity is just amaz­ing’

Thou­sands raised for can­cer sur­vivor’s dragon boat trip to Italy

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - BY COLIN CHISHOLM www.haNTsjourNal.ca

Pat West­lake’s dream of par­tic­i­pat­ing in a dragon boat race in Italy to raise money for can­cer re­search and treat­ment is now closer than ever, thanks to a mas­sive out­pour­ing of sup­port dur­ing a char­ity auc­tion in Windsor.

West­lake was over­whelmed by the re­sponse, as more and more peo­ple filed in to bid on do­nated items at Hants County War Me­mo­rial Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Nov. 5.

“The love and care and sup­port and kind­ness of this com­mu­nity is just amaz­ing,” West­lake said, who was tak­ing turns greet­ing and meet­ing peo­ple as they trick­led in.

“Peo­ple are con­grat­u­lat­ing me and wish­ing me well, mak­ing me cry. I’m very ex­cited to go, it’s the trip of a life­time.”

Based on the num­bers of peo­ple who came out, West­lake has no doubt her trip to Italy, to com­pete in dragon boat races to raise money for can­cer re­search and treat­ment, will be a suc­cess.

West­lake will be in Italy for 14 days, with four days of rac­ing sched­uled and some ex­cur­sions planned as well.

“These ladies you see in the or­ange shirts with Re­lay for Life, they made this pos­si­ble and have sup­ported me since day one,” West­lake said. “I’ve had can­cer five times and they’re al­ways there. I can’t thank them enough for all they do.”

Pam Northup, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the event, said she was stunned and thrilled by the turnout at the auc­tion, as hun­dreds made their way through the aisles of items be­tween 1 and 3 p.m.

“We were hop­ing this would be re­ally big and we kind of knew it would be be­cause of Pat, ev­ery­body just loves her and what she does for the com­mu­nity,” she said. “It’s an awe- some turnout, we couldn’t be hap­pier.”

A to­tal of $4,300 was raised to­wards West­lake’s trip from the auc­tion.

The or­ga­niz­ers of the event thanked the spon­sors, donors and vol­un­teers who made the events pos­si­ble as well as those who came out to bid.

Northup said the auc­tion was an­other ex­am­ple of the com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether to sup­port some­one in need.

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Pat (right) and Greg Bezan­son from Hantsport at­tended the char­ity auc­tion to sup­port Pat West­lake’s dragon boat race in Italy.

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Pat West­lake said she was over­whelmed and thank­ful for the re­sponse from the com­mu­nity. The char­ity auc­tion for her trip to Italy raised $4,300.

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