The fourth annual Co-operators Dare to Care Fun Run/Walk raised $57,700 on Sept. 17 for Cares Counselling and Restoration Services in Abbotsford.
About 140 participants and 80 volunteers braved the rain at Rotary Stadium in support of the not-for-profit agency which provides subsidized counselling for people of all ages in the Fraser Valley.
The bulk of the funds raised came from the Dollar for Dollar Challenge in which a group of business people in the community agreed to match the pledges that are collected by the end of September.
The pledges are expected to reach $27,000, bringing the total to $54,000 with the matched funds. The additional $3,700 was collected from registration fees for the 5 km fun run and 10 km challenge.
Cares had set a goal of $80,000 and is still hoping that enough donations will come in to reach that tally by mid-October.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so online at cares.ca or by calling 604-853-0879. The Cares office is located at #103 – 2790 Gladwin Rd.