HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. — The annual Happy Valley-Goose Bay Muscular Dystrophy Walk took place Saturday, June 16 to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against the disease.
The organiser of the local walk was Calvin Walsh. This is Walsh’s second year facilitating the Muscular Dystrophy Walk, which is in its ninth year locally.
“Initially I took part in the walk because it was for a good cause and I had some friends that are affected by the disease,” Walsh said. “I didn’t want the walk to stop from going ahead, so two years ago I took over as the event coordinator.”
A total of $7,198 was collected in donations at the walk, with some promised donations still to be collected.
Walsh, who has been very active in his own personal fundraising, managed to secure $3,393 in donations.
“I had $1,159 in donation pledges and I organised a three-week online auction through Facebook and raised $2,234 from this,” he said.
The funds raised from the walk and other forms of fundraising will be provided to the Muscular Dystrophy head office in Halifax, Nova Scotia with the following breakdown in allocation:
• 43 per cent for assisted devices
• 23 per cent for research
• 12 per cent for marketing and advertising
• 10 per cent for education
• Six per cent for supportive programs and services
• Six per cent for advocacy