The sixth annual Climb for Cancer will take place this September and be much closer to its pre-2020 format, with the addition of a community barbecue and concert held the evening before the main event.
The annual Climb for Cancer sees teams race up the Nechako cutbanks to raise money for Kordyban Lodge, which serves as a home-away-from-home for cancer patients receiving treatment in Prince George.
However, like last year, each team will be assigned a timeslot to slightly reduce the number of people climbing the cutbanks at one time. Organizers say will ensure participants have plenty of space to move at their own pace and take a break if needed.
The community barbecue and concert will take place the day before the Climb for Cancer to get people energized and excited for the main event. Details are still in the works, but tentative plans include a concert, food trucks, games, and maybe a silent auction by donation to the Kordyban Lodge.
“We are excited that we can once again host the Climb for Cancer over a day instead of over four days like in 2020, thanks to Provincial guidelines for events being eased,” says Doug Bell, Planning Committee Chair in a news release.
“We’re also really looking forward to seeing people gather and enjoy music and food together after over a year of staying apart.”
In 2020, the event to raise funds for the Kordyban Lodge was held over four days in August so teams could climb the cutbanks during assigned time slots.
This ensured people were participating within their bubbles and could maintain an appropriate physical distance from others.
The Climb for Cancer is normally held over one day in April with all teams climbing at the same time, but the Planning Committee decided to hold it later in the year in the anticipation that restrictions on events would be lifted, which turned out to be the case.
Participants and sponsors rallied in 2020 and raised almost $40,000 for the Kordyban Lodge, bringing the total amount raised over five years to $207,000.
2019 was a record year with $65,000 being raised and over 500 people participating. The planning committee’s goal for 2021 is $50,000.
The money raised through the Climb for Cancer is used to pay for annual costs associated with operating the Kordyban Lodge, a not-for-profit organization that houses cancer patients from the region receiving treatment at the BC Cancer Centre for the North and their families.
The 2021 Climb for Cancer will take place from Sept 18 to 19. You can find out more information and register for the event online.