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Plans for a "Great Lake Walk" around Cowichan Lake next September are well under way, according to two of the organizers, Maureen Loebus and Linda Backlund, of Lake Cowichan.
The event will be modeled on the highly successful walk at Tahsis, which takes place in June. John Elzinga, manager of the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, and Backlund have already made a careful kilometre by kilometre check of the proposed route around the lake and organizers are now trying to build excitement about the upcoming event.
A big step now is to find businesses willing to sponsor one of the 12 "rest stops" needed along the way, and Loebus said this week that she has talked already to several interested people.
One of the ideas proposed at the first meeting of the Walk organizers in September was that there could be a fun competition among the rest stops to see which was voted the Walkers' Favorite.
A basic rest stop would need: food for walkers and volunteers; portable toilets; two big tables; 12 chairs; coolers; shelter such as tarps or picnic table covers; a big clock; paper, pens and felt markers; water and water jugs; juice and juice jugs; a camp stove for coffee for volunteers; minor First Aid supplies; source of music; and advertising space for the sponsor.
Another idea on the front burner right now is to hold a competition in the district for the best flowering boot or shoe. Elzinga has agreed to look after this contest, looking into getting judges and donation of prizes, according to Loebus.
"We hope that people will plant these flowering footwear in time for the Communities in Bloom judges and we will display them downtown. The owners of the footwear will then take these displays back home and care for them until they enter them into the contest on Sept. 21, 2002 at the Centennial Hall at a designated time. Prizes will be given out during awards," Loebus said.
Arrangements have also been made for a website for the Great Lake Walk, and it should be up and running shortly, she said.
The next meeting for the group is Monday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. in the Lake Cowichan Curling Lounge. They would welcome volunteers and people with suggestions as to how to make the event a great success for the district.