Seniors from across the region helped raise over $6000 for Alzheimer’s research on Thursday.
Castle Wood Village hosted a Walk for the Cure, where Castle Wood residents and seniors from other Golden Life villages across the region joined together to walk through downtown Castlegar, or to do a shorter walk around the building, and raise pledges to support the Alzheimer Society of BC.
“Our numbers are down a little but this year because the sun didn’t quite cooperate and show up, but I’ve seen some amazing pledges come through already,” Carol Breakwell, activities director at Castle Wood Village, said Thursday afternoon.
But despite the weather, the fundraiser was a success. Friday morning residents gathered outside Castle Wood to take a photo with a cheque for $6041.81, and staff said further donations came in after the giant novelty cheque was drawn up, so the total amount raised is even bigger.
Thursday’s event featured not only the walk, but a bake and craft sale with items contributed from Castle Wood’s residents.
“Our ladies have been baking up a storm and making crafts,” said Breakwell.
Money was also raised through a silent auction with prizes contributed by local businesses.
Before the walk there were some words from Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, who joined seniors on the walk, and from Castle Wood’s prom queen, Muriel Andrews. There was also a special tribute to the Castlegar Rebels given by Castle Wood resident Anne Fomenoff. The Rebels were attending the event, and Fomenoff took the opportunity to share a sing she wrote for the team.
Rebels team members and youth from Trail’s Take a Hike program not only participated in the walk, but also helped served the seniors during lunch. Just before lunch a few of the ladies also got the Rebels out of the dance floor, though most of the young players didn’t seem to know the steps.
This is the first year Castle Wood has done a walk to support Alzheimer’s. In previous years residents participated in a Silver Fox Run instead.
“I think it’s nice that they’re doing it for a good cause,” said Castle Wood prom princess Edith Christianson, “because there’s very many with that disease now. It’s sad.”
The annual walk is something that they all look forward to.
“Just the atmosphere in our building is phenomenal before the event and they all get very involved with different projects toward making this happen,” said Breakwell.