Registration began at 1 p.m. with 50 walkers registered for the Walk, which began shortly after 2 p.m., and was led by the Eastend Fire Department Chief, Bob Stork.
The total for this year was $30,028.10, with more pledges still to come in!!
This year marked the 16th year for the WALK and the turnout was great!!
On hand for the Walk from Saskatoon was Erin Kuan, President of the MS Society of Saskatchewan. She said a few words in honour of Bonnie and her continuing dedication to this worthwhile cause.
There were some teams this year that raised some substantial dollar amounts. From Shaunavon/Gull Lake there was Rebecca Racers and from Climax the Climax Convoy. Thank you for your support!
Dee Perry of Frontier raised $2,095; thank you Dee for your continued support, which is greatly appreciated.
Other top fund raisers included Marj Allemand and Verna Buck who raised $3,003; Sharon Allemand who raised $1,745
Michael Churchill, age 10 of Gull Lake, raised $2,072. Michael walks in support of his Nana who lives in Eastend. He participates because he wants to help find a cure for MS.
Madison Gleim, age 11 of Eastend, raised $2,575 this year.
The dedication and support of these two young people to raise money to help find a cure for MS is so heartwarming. Way to go Michael and Madison!!
Bonnie also made a trip to Regina where she met with Health Minister Duncan and Remote Health Minister Weekes at the Regina Legislature. MLA Wayne Elhard also recognized Bonnie in front of the Legislative Assembly. What an honour this was.
Bonnie Gleim, organizer of the event, expressed her appreciation to the 50 plus walkers who participated in this, the 16th year for the MS Walk in Eastend.
“Everyone is so generous,” said Gleim. “I am so grateful to my family and friends who continue to work so hard to raise money to help find a cure for MS.”
Gleim extended her thanks to the Eastend Rink Complex for the use of their facility, the Eastend Kinsmen Club for once again donating hot dogs and buns, to Sharon and Bob Allemand for their continuing and wonderful support, the Innovation Credit Union Eastend Branch (Tannis Topham, Bea Meyer and Wendy Breton for tabulating the money), all the girls at the registration desk, the cooks for donating their time to cook the hot dogs, the kitchen help and everyone who brought chips and squares for the walk.
With the monies raised from this year’s Walk added to the past 15 years, the amount has now surpassed a phenomenal $330,000!!
“We are truly blessed to live where we do,” said Gleim. “People in the Southwest are so amazing. You are the best!!”
Regardless of the amount raised by each participant, or the distance walked, your support and dedication to finding a cure for MS is greatly appreciated.