John Pope signs a square in the card square draw while game volunteer Lannah looks on prior to the Walk to End ALS on June 8 at Mill Lake Park. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

John Pope signs a square in the card square draw while game volunteer Lannah looks on prior to the Walk to End ALS on June 8 at Mill Lake Park. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Walk to End ALS raises $48,000 in Abbotsford

Event held at Mill Lake Park attracted almost 600 people

The recent Fraser Valley Walk to End ALS in Abbotsford raised more than $48,000.

The 13th annual event was held June 8 at Mill Lake Park.

Almost 600 people attended and participated in activities such as a bucket-style auction, a 50/50 draw, a card square draw, a toonie toss, musical chairs, face painting, and a book sale with author Deanna Larson present.

SFU mascot McFogg the Dog was also there to warm up the crowd with the Hokey Pokey.

The volunteer committee that organized the event was coordinated by Greg. St. Germain.

The Walk to End ALS is the largest volunteer-led fundraiser for ALS Societies across Canada.

It unites Canadians in their desire to put an end to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The event shows support for the 3,000 Canadians and their families living with the disease; 400 of whom are living in B.C.

Proceeds from the Walk to End ALS are used in two ways.

Sixty per cent supports direct services for people living with ALS and their families provided by the ALS Society of BC, while 40 per cent supports ongoing ALS research, through the ALS Canada Research Program.

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