Interior Savings is once again investing in a cause close to its heart as title sponsor for the 16th annual Do It For Dad Run/Walk to fight prostate cancer in the North Okanagan.
The annual event, organized by the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and the Vernon Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group takes place Father’s Day, June 21 at Coldstream Ranch.
“At Interior Savings, we invest in programs that improve the health and wellbeing of those in our communities,” said Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings. “Prostate cancer impacts far too many fathers, brothers and sons. We’re pleased to lend our support to VJHF as well as the nearly 70 volunteers and 300 registrants who make this event a success year after year.”
For the past 15 years, Interior Savings has sponsored the event to fight prostate cancer, which is the third leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada. On average, 65 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day and it is estimated 11 Canadian men will die from this disease daily.
“We are proud to have Interior Savings as our long-time partner for this event,” said Clarice Piche, interim development officer with the VJH Foundation.
“Their ongoing commitment to fighting prostate cancer is a wonderful example of community leadership.”
Do It For Dad features a fun-filled morning beginning with the Coldstream Fire Department signaling the start of the race with their fire truck sirens. Entertainment is provided by the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band, the Kalamalka Caring Klowns and Christine Turpin face painting.
Dr. April Sanders, event founder and honourary chairperson, will present awards and prizes donated by local supporters, to top finishers in male and female categories, as well as most funds raised by an individual and team. Brian Martin of Sun FM will be returning as the master of ceremonies and following the run and walk, lunch will be provided thanks to Subway.
Every Father’s Day since 2003, the VJH Foundation and the Vernon Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group have hosted the run which has raised a total of $322,222 for prostate cancer awareness, testing and treatment.
All proceeds raised from Do It For Dad stay in the North Okanagan community to assist with the education and awareness of prostate cancer. This year, funds are being raised to purchase medical equipment for the treatment of prostate cancer at VJH and to provide free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests for North Okanagan men.
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the walk and run starts at 9:30. Registration is $10 for youths and $20 for adults. Participants who raise $50 or more in pledges will have their registration fee waived. Pledges and donations can be made online at www.vjhfoundation.org/events/do-it-for-dad.
Pledge forms are available at Interior Savings, Sun FM and at the VJH Foundation office. For additional information call the Foundation office at 250-558-1362 or go on line to www.vjhfoundation.org and click on the Do It For Dad logo to download a registration brochure.