WELCOME TO THE GREAT LAKE WALK to be held on
the third Saturday of September
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Walking for a friend
Jane Sheers, Special to The Citizen
Published: Friday, September 19, 2008
The 2008 Great Lake Walk will see three new faces this year. Daneve Fitzgerald, Carrie Hallet and Cindy Manhas will be teaming up to walk in memory of their dear friend and co-worker, Elaine Challborn.
The trio decided to commit to the walk after Elaine's passing in March of this year. After battling breast cancer, Elaine lost her fight at the young age of 47.
During her 15 years at Island Savings Credit Union Elaine made many friends.
From left, Cindy Manhas, Daneve Fitzgerald and Carrie Hallet.
Jane Sheers photo
"She was always doing things for other people," said Fitzgerald. "Even when she was really sick she was always concerned about everyone else."
"She was a special person," said Hallet. "She was always fundraising for various charities."
When asked what their motivation will be during the 56 kilometre walk, they said, "thoughts of Elaine and the pain that she and others have suffered. Our pain will be mild compared to what they've gone through" -- and many more continue to go through.
When asked why they chose the Great Lake Walk, they responded, "all proceeds go to the charity of your choice." Fitzgerald, Hallet and Manhas have chosen the Canadian Breast Cancer Society as the recipient of their funds.
Manhas said, "Fundraising efforts have been a huge success due to the support of our co-workers, friends and family." The ladies started out by setting a goal to raise $2,000 and to date, they have already raised $4,400, and the total is rising.
"We are determined to ring that bell at the end regardless of how long it takes or how we get there," said Fitzgerald.
The three friends would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support and encouragement.
If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause in honour of Elaine and others who have lost their battle to cancer, you can do so by visiting Island Savings Credit Union. A special account has been set up as the "Great Lake Challenge for Elaine," acct # 197735 EV. Please be sure to give your name and address so you can receive a tax receipt.
Best wishes to all who are participating in this years' Great Lake Walk!