The Baynes Sound Lions Club members and volunteers will take part in Wheelbarrow Walk Sunday, Nov. 3, a long-time tradition coinciding with the Comox Valley Child Development Association’s (CVCDA) 44th Annual Children’s Telethon at the Sid Williams Theatre.

The Lions will start their walk at 8:30 a.m., setting off on a 32-kilometre trek, pushing a wheelbarrow from Fanny Bay, northbound on Highway 19A and ending up on the Telethon stage around 5 p.m. There, the Baynes Sound Lions Club will present the profits they raised to the CVCDA contributing to the Telethon’s totals for the day. The Club’s donation will include the Wheelbarrow Walk total and funds from additional initiatives leading up to Telethon including a meat draw, chain saw eagle carving raffle and various community donations.

The community is invited to meet the walkers anywhere along their route to show their support and contribute donations into the big yellow wheelbarrow. Also, there is the opportunity to pledge any of the walkers with a sponsor sheet.

“We work together to raise money for the betterment of the community, said Lions member Jacquie Miller, after last year’s walk. “Some people walk halfway, lots of people walk the whole way, and it’s lots of fun.”

The route will follow the old highway with a number of different rest stops, where the public can connect with the walkers. The Fanny Bay Inn will prepare the members and volunteers for the journey with some coffee and doughnuts then on to Buckley Bay and Just Like Mom’s Bakery. The walkers will be provided with lunch at the Highwayman Saloon at 1 p.m. as they travel through Union Bay then a quick refresh at Roy’s Towne Pub as they travel through Royston on to Courtenay. Walkers will pit stop at the Whistle Stop Pub before finally making their way downtown along Cliffe Ave. to the Sid Williams Theatre.

For more information on the Walk or making your pledge, please contact Jacquie Miller at 250-898-7515.

The 44th CVCDA Children’s Telethon will air live on Shaw TV Channel 4 or stream live through Shaw Spotlight You Tube channel from noon to 8 p.m.

All funds raised stay right here in the Comox Valley supporting children, youth and adults with diverse abilities and their families. In 2018, over 1000 Comox Valley children and their families used services at the CVCDA. All of the CVCDA’s programs are designed to not only enrich the lives of the people who access these services but also to contribute to a stronger Comox Valley that welcomes and includes everyone who lives here.


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