Parksville arthritis walk

June 5 was an epic day for the Walk to Fight Arthritis and it was the meaningful sense of community that made all the difference.

June 5 was an epic day for the Parksville Walk to Fight Arthritis and it was the meaningful sense of community that made all the difference.

Together, with the support, participation, creativity and innovation of the people of Parksville, the walk raised $10,000 toward education, services and research to help people living with arthritis.

This would not have been possible without the incredible donors, volunteers and generous businesses who donated prizes, space, ideas and time. It was a momentous event as people united in the fight against arthritis and found friendship and courage in the community which made this day so special. We have been so inspired by you and your boundless spirit — thank you.

We are grateful for Parksville’s support and to the people who went above and beyond in making this day such a positive experience and success. Specifically The PQB NEWS for their interest and support, Island Radio for providing outstanding sponsorship and exposure and the outstanding Dave Graham at The Beach 88.5 for stepping up to troubleshoot for us and be emcee for the event itself.

To Randy at Parksville Quality Foods for donating the food on walk day, Dan at the Rod and Gun Pub for hosting the beer and burger event fundraiser, Albert at Hilliers Gourmet Foods for donating items for the draws, Brad and Tammy at French Creek Seafood and Emerald Coast Vineyards.

The Ballenas Civics Action Group supported the walk with many helpful initiatives and the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department brought the heat, doing the walk in full gear. All of those mentioned, along with Rob’s Off Wall Street and many more, were an integral part of this day.

And finally, we are especially thankful to Rhonda McLellan for turning the idea for the Parksville Walk to Fight Arthritis into a reality. Without Rhonda, this day simply would not have happened. Your endless hours and tireless efforts are extremely appreciated —  our hats are off to you.

From The Arthritis Society, B.C. & Yukon Division, to everyone involved in the Walk to Fight Arthritis, thank you Parksville.

Donations are still being accepted at walktofightarthritis.ca

Carrie Gadsby, manager, communications, The Arthritis SocietyVancouver

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