Estevan residents will show their support for the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS) during the annual Walk for MS on Sunday, May 25.
Participants will walk five kilometres around the track at Affinity Place. Local event organizer Sherry Kjersem said that takes about 45 minutes to complete the walk. A rally will follow.
Proceeds from the walk will be directed towards the MS Society, and the various services it provides to people with MS.
Kjersem said they currently have about six teams and 30 participants registered. A team must have at least four people. Participants can also register as individuals. The minimum donation per person is $25.
The first fundraiser for the walk has already taken place. They raised about $300 with a promotion at an Estevan Bruins playoff game.
Kjersem hopes that the walk can raise $25,000 in 2014, which would be a sizeable jump from the $19,000 that it generated last year.
“Last year we had 11 teams, so hopefully this year we can have around 15,” she said.
She also hopes to create more awareness about MS through the walk.
All of the funds that are raised through Estevan's walk will stay in Saskatchewan. They are directed towards research for a cure or treatment for MS; and medication, equipment and support for people with the condition.
“There are programs available for people with MS that we fund,” said Kjersem.
Last year was the first time that she has organized the walk, and Kjersem said it was a real learning curve to organize the event; and find participants, sponsors, volunteers and prizes.
But Kersem said the MS Society is a well-recognized organization in the community, and people are willing to support it.