This year two out of hundreds of relatively new events raised money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation, (benefitting The Cross Cancer institute) in particularly notable ways. In the process, people came together to enjoy accomplishments and camaraderie – and have some fun.
The annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Climb of Hope Run is a five-kilometre fun run that takes participants around Edmonton’s Victoria Golf Course and over four sets of the City’s legendary towering river valley stairs. In its third September, 2011 brought the event’s running total to $285,000, more than a quarter of the way to the organizers’ goal of $1 million.
Every year in late June Darlene Cardinal, “a proud lifelong resident of Fort Chipewyan,” walks back and forth along the four-kilometre trail between Cut Rock and Fort Chip for 24 hours to raise money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. In 2011’s Cut Rock Walk Cardinal and 121 volunteers (some on support, some fellow walkers) raised more than $85,000 – in a community of just 1,000 people. This was the third annual walk and the biggest fundraiser yet, thanks in part to a large donation from the Treaty 8 chiefs who met in Fort Chip in 2011 for their annual gathering.