North Islanders sing, walk for MS

The MS Walk returned to Port Hardy last weekend, raising funds for MS research.

PORT HARDY—The MS Walk returned to Port Hardy last weekend, drawing close to 50 participants to the Port Hardy Secondary School track for the annual fundraiser.

The participants got a warm send-off from the Port Hardy chapter of the Wild Heart Music Program, performing their debut concert in support of the cause.

Conductor Krista Minar said the group was very excited to perform, and led the senior and junior groups in a series of rousing renditions to kick off the event.

MS Society Fundraising Coordinator Cherie Kamenz thanked the choir for the welcome and gave the crowd an overview of the scope of work done by the society. The audience heard that in addition to information, support, advocacy and referral services, the North Island chapter makes an annual donation to MS research, which last year came to $11,330. “And that’s a lot for a chapter this size,” said Kamenz.

This year’s Port Hardy event raised $8,933 including $3,344 from top individual fundraiser Barbera Rickard and $2,925 from the top team, Port Alice Scotiabank’s Frigon Island Walkers.

Kamenz thanked the participants and the businesses whose support made the run a success.