A Yogathon this month put on by Janice Ferraro and the West Kootenay Multiple Sclerosis Society raised more than $5,000.
Ferraro described the event as a “day of peace’.” The Yogathon brought community members to the Brilliant Cultural Centre for a day of relaxation and fundraising in support of the MS Society and members’ weighty travel expenditures associated with receiving treatment on the coast.
“I wanted 100 people, $100 each,” Ferraro said. “I got 44 people with more than $100 each.”
Ferraro was very pleased with the amount the community put forth for those struggling with MS.
“We did well. The Yogathon brought in $5,400. We were very touched by people’s generosity.”
Not only did community members donate to the cause, but No Frills in Castlegar put forth all the food served at the event.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped and donated and participated in the event, which made it a great success.
“We would also like people to know we welcome new members to our MS group. People with MS and their unpaid care providers are welcome to join our group.
“It was just wonderful,” she concluded, “and to be at the Brilliant Cultural Centre for this event was tremendous.”
Ferraro plans on hosting another Yogathon next year.
Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world with over 100,000 cases country-wide.