The Knights of Columbus once again helped the Campbell River Special Olympics raise funds for things like travel costs and facility rentals with their annual Walkathon Saturday.

KoC raise more money for Special Olympics

The Knights of Columbus (KoC) put on their annual Special Olympics Walkathon this past weekend, and organizer John Dawson couldn’t be happier about the result.

“You’ll never guess what we brought in,” he says excitedly. “You have to guess.”

He gives me a starting point by saying they usually bring in between $1,500 and $2,500. So I guess higher than that, considering his enthusiasm. I was still low.

“We brought in over $4,200,” he says excitedly, clapping me on the shoulder.

The Walkathon began in 2010, he says, when the KoC were trying to figure out a way to help out the Special Olympics without just doing the same thing everyone else was doing as a fundraiser.

Dawson, who coaches power lifting and bowling, says the organization needed to raise money for travel, uniforms, facility rentals for practicing and other expenses.

“So we hit on the idea of a walkathon,” he says.

Dawson says when they first came up with the idea, the thought was that it would be the KoC that would do the walking, “but it turned out to be the athletes themselves, which makes it even more special.”