The Campbell River Branch of the First Open Heart Society held its 28th annual Walk for Hearts fundraiser on May 4. This fun family oriented walk started at the Willow Point Hall, with 89 people proceeding north along the Seawalk and back on a beautiful sunny day. The Walk for Hearts was dedicated to Bert Derks.
We would like to thank all those who helped us raise over $7,431.00 (with more funds coming in); the Campbell River Mirror and the Courier-Islander newspapers for publicizing the event and the Willow Point Lions for donating the use of the hall. Gift certificates for the prize table were donated by the North Island Co-op, Campbell River Credit Union, Merle Norman, Fountain Tire & Joe Myers at Campbell River Pharmacy. We also thank Quality Foods for the donated juice boxes; Bud Adams who donated Halibut as he has for many years; our members who made or donated prizes and made the delicious food items for our refreshment table; all the businesses and citizens who donated funds, the people who walked and finally to those who went into the community getting and giving pledges. Thanks to Joan Comeau, Jessica Riddoch, Brandon, Matthew, Mark & Gera McRann who joined our group to volunteer for the day. Our top fundraisers were Josephine Derks, Cliff Riddoch and Reg Eaton. A special thanks also to the staff of Hub Barton and Island Fever Travel for all their support. You have ensured assistance for North Island heart patients with our financial support and by purchasing cardiac equipment (two Holter Monitors $6,200) for our Campbell River Hospital. We are not affiliated with the Heart and Stroke Foundation nor do we receive any government funding. We are a support group, all unpaid volunteers and all the funds are raised locally and stay local! Prior to the Walk we had purchased $283,084.02 worth of cardiac equipment for our Campbell River Hospital. See you next year!