Qualicum Beach firefighters in full turnout gears joined their Parksville Volunteer Fire Department counterparts as part of a crowd of more than 200 participants in the annual Walk for Arthritis at Parksville’s beach Sunday, June 4, 2017. — J.R. Rardon photo

Sunday stroll pays off in Parksville

Annual Walk to Fight Arthritis draws more than 200

A pair of benefit walks held in Parksville Sunday both drew at least 200 people on a brilliant, sunny day of fundraising.

At the sea walk along Parksville’s beach, firefighters in full turnout gear from both the Parksville and Qualicum Beach fire departments joined a large crowd in the annual Walk for Arthritis.

Organizer Rhonda McLennan said the walk had 136 participants pre-registered and that more than 200 walkers eventually took part, topping last year’s turnout.

At the end of the day, organizers had taken in $4,500 in local donations, with the final count to be taken on June 30.

Those wishing to contribute to the cause can do so at www.walktofightarthritis.ca.