Paddle Poker Run nets $4600
The annual Paddle Poker Run has a champion in Lucinda Forbes, who, for nine years straight, has been the charitable event’s top fundraiser.
The run, which takes place every year at Hybrid Marine near Summerstown, is a major fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District.
This year, Ms. Forbes brought in $2,205.
Asked why she’s so passionate about the event, she explains that her mother, Estelle, suffered from dementia while she was in a nursing home from 2008 until 2014.
“I was there everyday and I saw how Alzheimers and dementia affects people,” she says.
Ms. Forbes was front and centre at Hybrid Marine on July 21, when the event took place. Although she didn’t participate, she cheered on the dozens of people who loaded themselves into kayaks and canoes for the fun water event.
Josée Roy-Pilon, campaign coordinator for the society, says a hundred people showed up and raised $4,600.
She hopes that even more people will turn out next year when the run celebrates its tenth anniversary.
The Paddle Poker Run was started by Hybrid Marine owner Blair Bell in 2010. He started it as a tribute to his mother, who passed away of the disease.
PADDLE POKER RUN: Above, North Lancaster resident Lucinda Forbes was the top fundraiser for this year’s Paddle Poker Run, which benefits the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and DIstrict. She raised $2,205 for this year’s event. At left, Melanie Tardif of...