The 25th annual Cystic Fibrosis Bowl for Breath Feb. 9-1 at the Campbell River Bowling Centre involved 125 people and helped raise close to $8,000 to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis once all their funds are turned in.
The school that raised the most funds is Sandowne, bringing in $1,200. Forty-five bowlers have qualified to get their names in the draw for the West Coast Helicopter trip for raising $50 or more.
Cindy Stewart, event organizer for all 25 years, said “the only way we can truly help all children and young adults who have CF is to raise funds to help the researchers find a cure for this devastating disease.”
Stewart who has no family member with CF, believes strongly in the CF cause and just wants to help. She has spent countless hours organizing the event every year as well as helping with all the other CF events throughout the year. Stewart said, “what makes it worthwhile is to see the smiles on children’s faces as they have fun bowling and to know they have learned a little about cystic fibrosis and how to help. Some children have been participating in this event for several years which makes their contribution even more significant.”
She went on to say how happy she was when a total stranger who just happened to be bowling that day made a generous donation when he saw what the children were doing to help fight cystic fibrosis.
Jo-Ann Wallis, president of the Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Campbell River Chapter, said, “I am amazed by Cindy’s energy and organizational skills – she has made this event enjoyable for everyone who participates. I credit her with the success of the event and with raising over $200,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada over the years. We are incredibly fortunate to have volunteers like Cindy.”
The success of the event is also due to incredible support from the community including the Kinsmen Club, D.A. Roset Accounting, West Coast Helicopters, McDonalds Restaurant, Shoppers Drug Mart, Superstore, SaveOn Foods, Canadian Tire, Intersport, London Drugs, Strathcona Gardens, Little Caesars, Costco, Walmart, Landmark Theatres, and Campbell River Bowling Centre. The teachers who volunteer to coordinate for their schools and the volunteers who help at the event are an invaluable resource and made the event possible.
Participants who return their pledge money to their schools or to Cindy Stewart by Feb. 28 will be eligible to win more prizes. If you would like to contribute visit www.crcf.ca.