Thanks to all

South Cariboo fundraisers great because of volunteers and good-hearted friends and neighbours

The people of the South Cariboo are really a great bunch, as we wear our hearts right next to our wallets.

There were four very successful fundraisers held in 100 Mile House last weekend and all were well-attended and earned revenue for some great causes.

Historically, fundraisers in this neck of the woods are usually successful.

There are probably a few reasons for this.

Not the least of which is the fact we live in small communities and most of the money that’s raised here stays in our communities, and that which goes out of town, is used for the benefit of all of us in the larger community.

Another reason for success is the fundraisers go toward such great causes, including dog rescue, needy families, cancer research and community groups that can use some financial support.

The third key to success is the events tend to be social, fun and entertaining, so it gives us an opportunity to have a few laughs with like-minded people, while participating in some great causes.

The most important ingredient in the successful fundraising stew is the key organizers and their teams. These folks work tirelessly to try to make sure every aspect of the fundraiser runs as smoothly as possible.

Sunday’s annual Toy Run, organized by Phil Doddridge and Steve Anderson, saw 47 motorcycles and 18 cars in their cavalcade. They raised $864 and filled a car and a pickup with toys for needy families.

On Sunday, Paws for a Cause, organized by Margaret Barnicoat and her team, attracted 29 dogs and 50 walkers for a stroll through town and some fun and games at Centennial Park. Together, they raised more than $1,200 for the local SPCA.

The Terry Fox Run on Sunday, organized by Werner and Janet Heine, attracted 139 participants who raised more than $2,400 for cancer research.

On Saturday, the annual Rotary Lobsterfest, organized by Maureen Pinkney and her fellow Rotarians, attracted 200 hungry, community-minded residents who raised a lot of money (numbers unavailable) to assist a multitude of good causes in 100 Mile House and area.

Thanks go to the organizers, the teams of volunteers and, most importantly, to those who opened their hearts and pocketbooks.