Duelling walks to benefit fight against arthritis, ALS

Parksville will play host to two fundraising events on June 5; scheduling allows participation in both

Choose a favourite cause or lace up your comfortable shoes and try them both on June 5 as Parkville hosts both the Mid-Island Walk for ALS and the Walk to Fight Arthritis.

The coincidental benefit events are staggered just enough to allow keen participants to try both, or step up and make a choice.

The Walk to Fight Arthritis begins at 10 a.m. at the waterfront walkway gazebo in Parksville’s Community Park. Registration opens at

8:30 a.m., and the walk has both 5-kilometre and 1-kilometre options. Participants may register and begin fundraising online, or donate to the cause at walktofightarthritis.ca (click the “Locations” tab and select Parksville).

Funds raised through the walk go to The Arthritis Society for use in research, programs and services that support people with arthritis.

The annual Mid-Island Walk for ALS starts at noon at City Hall Square in Parksville, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. It is a 5-kilometre walk or run through the town’s streets and the park to raise funds for research and treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known at “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.

The event is hosted in part by Parksville Rotary Clubs, which have helped the event raise $277,000 in its 10 years in Parksville and are holding a raffle to add to the total. Raffle tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by calling Allan Stevenson in Parksville at 250-951-0721.

—NEWS Staff