LONG SAULT, Ontario – The first Walk, Run, Play fundraiser in support of the Canadian Cancer Society took place on Saturday, Aug. 24 in Long Sault.
The event was organized by South Stormont Deputy Mayor Dave Smith along with a team of volunteers.
Guests to the event were invited to participate in a run or walk in support of the Canadian Cancer Society or to play some games like softball, and volleyball.
Smith wanted to hold an event like this because he himself has been touched by cancer.
“A year ago, I was given three weeks to live, but here I am,” he said.
Smith said that there was also an evening of fun and entertainment planned with tribute musical acts such as Johnny Cash, Elvis and Tom Jones along with a dinner.
There was also a hot dog eating contest in the evening, which Smith said he felt was a first in Eastern Ontario and an ice cream eating contest for the kids.
Smith said that he had hoped to raise between $2,000 and $3,000 through the fundraiser, but that they had already surpassed that mark by Saturday afternoon.
Smith paid for the use of the park and the chairs himself and said that he hoped that in a couple of years that this would become a regular featured event in Long Sault.