Sole Sisters 7th Annual Charity Event for Cancer Research sees die hard supporters brave rain and cold for local Cancer Patients
The 7th annual Sole Sisters Charity Event for Cancer Research took place yesterday morning at Lower Reach Park in Smiths Falls. Nothing could stop the die-hard supporters as the turnout was great despite the rainy cold October weather.
Co-Founder Sheila Coutts told Lake 88 just how thankful she was, “I am overwhelmed. I anticipated maybe a handful of people, but I think we had maybe one third of the people we normally have, I am so grateful.”
“I appreciate that everyone supported us and they came out. I don’t know what to say, I am just overwhelmed with gratitude,” added Sheila.
The run takes place in October every year. It sees participants raise money through registrations for the 2, 5 and 10 k events. It also brings in money through a successful online auction made up of donations from local businesses and members of the community.
Co-founder France Murdoch recently moved to the west coast, but said she had to be back in town for the event. ” Its something that is very near and dear to my heart, so I could’t imagine not coming down. It’s a whirlwind weekend of a trip that means the world to me,” she told Lake 88.
The funds raised will be split between the Chemotherapy Unit at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society. Sheila said the Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation, which collects the funds for the chemotherapy unit has been a big help. “They’re always asking if there’s anything they can do to help us,” she said. “Margot Hallam has been so gracious with helping us make the transition from raising funds to putting funds into actual practice. We’ve got that mastered with Margot’s help.”
That’s just one of many local groups, businesses and sponsors who step up every year to help the cause. “I’m always amazed and so grateful by the help we get from our sponsors,” said France. “Smiths Falls and Perth are very caring communities,” she added.
Since its inception, the event has raised well over $50,000 for the cause. The total for this year’s event is still be tallied, and will be announced within the next few weeks. After that, the Canadian Cancer Society office in Perth, and the Perth site of the Smiths Falls and Perth District Hospital will be visited to drop off this year’s donations.
Lake 88 is proud to be the title sponsor for the Sole Sisters Annual Charity Event for Cancer Research.
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