Walkers trek along the Galloping Goose Trail in last year’s 32 km walk on May 7

Sooke Lions Clubs hold 9th fundraiser for disabled children

Over the course of nine years, $24,000 has been raised to send kids with disabilities to summer camp

The local Lions Clubs will be holding their 9th Annual 32 km Galloping Goose Linear Walk/Run on May 5.

Over the course of nine years, Sooke’s Lions Clubs have raised $24,000 for the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities to help send kids with disabilities to Camp Shawnigan.

Throughout the years, the walk has gathered enough funds to send 10 local kids to camp.

Dave Nash, Sooke Lions Club member and race organizer, said all the profits after expenses would go towards sponsoring the kids.

“We would like to raise enough money to send one kid to camp,” Nash said. “That’s our goal to start with.”

The walk will begin at 8 a.m. at the Juan De Fuca Recreation Centre in Colwood and will end at the Sooke River Road CRD overflow parking lot. Walkers will travel along the Galloping Goose Trail to get from the start and end points.

The long trek will have seven check points offering snacks, beverages, and portable potties.

At the end of the race, there will be hot dogs and drinks for entrants. Walkers will also receive draw prizes.

In addition to collecting pledges for the camp fund, participants can use the walk as an opportunity to collect pledges for other charities dear to their hearts.

Tax receipts for pledges toward the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities will be issued.

Pre-registration costs $25 and can be done online at: www.sookedistrictlioness.org.

Late-comers can register on the morning of the race at the Juan De Fuca Recreation Centre at 7 a.m., with a fee of $30.

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.