It was the best year yet for the Children's Wish Foundation's Wishmaker Walk for Wishes in Estevan.
This year's local walk, which was held September 21 in and around the Woodlawn Regional Park, raised a total of $12,961.75 for the foundation. It costs the foundation about $10,000 to grant a wish for a child with a life-threatening illness, so at least one wish will happen through the money generated by Estevan's walk.
Organizer Lisa Murphy was thrilled with the support shown this year, and with how the public responded to changes in format, location and date.
In the first two years for the walk in Estevan, there was a short walk in mid-October that started and finished at the Souris Valley Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
But this year, the start-finish line was Woodlawn Regional Park's Doug Third Hall, and there were two options for participants: a five-kilometre run or a two-kilometre walk. There was also a 500-metre mini-race for children.
Thirty-six people signed up for the run and 33 more participated in the walk.
Eli Bartlett, who was one of the child participants, brought in the most of any individual with $922. Murphy's family was the top team; they collected $3,128.
Murphy said that all of the changes will be retained for next year's walk.