Quatsino First Nation’s Thomas/Thomasina Wamiss is getting ready for their second annual sobriety walk for cancer.
Wamiss noted the walk is in honour of two family members who passed away from cancer, and the sobriety part came about after becoming sober back on Sept. 15, 2020.
“Last year I walked from Port Hardy to Victoria, starting on June 18,” Wamiss said, noting there were a lot of obstacles that almost stopped the walk from happening. “I had two drivers lined up to help and I lost them both just days before the walk, but I put a backpack on I went anyways.”
This time Wamiss is going to be doing the walk in reverse, going from Victoria to Port Hardy. They will be leaving Sept. 15, the anniversary of their sobriety, and they’re aiming to arrive in Port Hardy by Sept. 29.
Wamiss said the walk raised around $7,000 for cancer research last time, and this year there’s going to be a Canada Day weekend fundraiser at Applewood coming up.
“It’s a car wash, and I think their sales team is bringing out the barbecue as well,” Wamiss said, adding they’re hoping to raise $100,000 towards a new cancer clinic in Victoria.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Wamiss at email@example.com or at 250-949-1069.