The annual MS Walk fundraiser at Glasgow Square saw an increase in participant numbers and a grand total raised of $17,000 by the end of the day.
The walk has been taking place in Pictou County for 17 years so far with the Kinettes and the Kinsmen helping out for over a decade of that. The fundraiser may have changed locations in the past but it is going as strong as ever with participation numbers climbing each year.
“It was probably one of the biggest years for participants,” said Meghan Brophy, one of the Kinettes helping at the event.
The MS Walk is the big fundraiser for the MS Society of Canada with all of the funds going to help find a cure for the disease. There are currently more than 7,000 Atlantic Canadians living with MS and Canada has one of the highest rates of the disease in the world with about one in every 340 Canadians living with it. MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord) that can cause extreme fatigue, lack of co-ordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes.
The organization this year was thankful for the help they received from businesses in the community such as Pita Pit that supplied a post-walk lunch for participants. For the MS walk, participants can walk or run up to five kilometres. The group also wanted to recognize their multi-year top fundraiser, Sheldon Patriquin, who managed to raise $7,500 for the cause this year.
“We’ve always had good feedback. It’s good to see new faces this year,” said Kinette Angel Lefave, of the increased turnout.