Slopes for Hope raises over $40,000

Kimberley-born fundraiser combined Nordic, downhill events

iana Shaw

iana Shaw

Kimberley’s Slopes for Hope 2014, held at the Kimberley Alpine Resort last Saturday, was everything the organizers hoped for and more, raising over $40,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Donations were still coming in on-line at week’s end. If you haven’t dropped your donation off yet you can bring it to the Canadian Cancer Society office in Cranbrook.

In addition $1,335 was raised for Jenna Homeniuk through the Brave the Shave event.

Slopes for Hope Chair Liana Shaw reports a fun-filled day despite the cold.

There was a Nordic event added this year to great success and plans are already underway for even more events next year.

“We are excited for next year as the planning is under way to include another new challenge to the Slopes for Hope event ‘ Ascending Everest’  by climbing up the North Star Mountain with your snowshoes or touring skis – endless opportunities for winter enthusiast to get out and support a great cause,” Shaw said.

The following are the top teams and individuals for both events.

Descending Everest Top Individual Contributor; Gord Jenkins $2,500

Descending Everest Top Youth; Makaia Ballard $100

Descending Everest Top Team Contributors; 3 Canucks and a Texan $6,315

Everest Trek Top Individual; Derm Kennedy $5,110

Everest Trek Top youth; Mackenzie Mclean $400

Everest Trek Top Team Contributors; The Four Diamonds $3,415

Shaw says the event could not have been the success it was without the support of the local business community.

“Amazing support and a huge shout out to our business community as sponsors for support and aid in the Silent Auction, healthy breakfast, BBQ lunch and comfort table for the participants, along with financial aid in organizing and promotion of the event.

“And a big shout out to the SFH organizing committee, volunteers, KAR and Kimberley Nordic Club Staff; a lot of passion from these individuals to achieve successful organized event.”