Great Lake Walk volunteers were down at Country Grocer again on Saturday, signing up teams and individual walkers as well as volunteers. This year the Great Lake walk will take place on Sept. 15, and individuals and groups will walk for charity around Cowichan Lake.
Each year the Great Lake Walk society helps individuals and groups raise money for a charity of their choice. They have helped facilitate fund raising for hundreds of charities on Vancouver Island over the last 11 years and have helped to raise over $750,000. The route is 55.9 km loop of logging road and the gravel shoulder of a two lane highway, but the view along the way is beautiful. The society provides “warm welcomes along the route from the volunteers at the twelve rest stops around the lake.” They also supply food, drinks, porta-potties, and medical attendants.
On hand at Country Grocer on Saturday, were Helen Evans, Joan Hieta, Bertha Gravelle, Vera Cairns, and the youngest member, Esther Heppner. The group was giving out free pieces of cake and signing up walkers. Everyone who signs up is entered into a draw for a free walk, and anyone who finishes the loop receives a Great Lake Walk T-shirt and a beautiful 11” x 14” print by Michaela Davidson.
Evans, who has been on every walk and completed two, says she began participating in the walk to raise money for her son who has developmental disabilities. The money she raises goes to Clement Centre in Duncan. The centre provides child development services and services for those with developmental disabilities.
The society encourages those interested to sign up now. The early-bird registration of $40 runs until July 1. Advanced Registration ($50) runs from July 2- Aug 1, and Final Registration ($60) lasts from Aug. 2 to Sept. 1. Register online at greatlakewalk.com, or call Bertha at 250-749-3740.