Telkwa Fun Day also a great fundraiser

The second annual Telkwa Fun Day on Feb. 5 is not only the perfect way to get out and enjoy the community, but to raise funds for muscular dystrophy as well.

The second annual Telkwa Fun Day on Feb. 5 is not only the perfect way to get out and enjoy the community, but to raise funds for muscular dystrophy as well.

Events run from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

At a time when people are known to bunker down to avoid the cold, snow, or in recent days, rain, the event is one way to reinvigorate a community in the throes of cabin fever, coordinator Corey Kortmeyer said.

Last year’s event went extremely well, Kortmeyer said, beyond what they’d imagined, so this year, they hope to see much of the same.

“We raised quite a bit of money last year for muscular dystrophy, which was awesome,” Kortmeyer said, adding they raised close to $2,000 to help families who are coping with the debilitating disease that weakens the muscles that move the human body.

This year, the goal is to raise the same, if not more, helped greatly by grant-in-aid funds received to help cover the expenses. Every penny earned goes to Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

There are a variety of events held throughout the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Returning is the ever-popular fire truck rides, and the Telkwa Volunteer Fire Department will once again be taking on the RCMP in a friendly hockey game.

New events this year includes blind chair hockey, where a person sitting in a chair is to give a blindfolded skater directions around obstacles, an event that Kortmeyer was thrilled to say he was in, as the person in the chair. Other events are sleigh rides, a cake auction, a cosmic skate, and various games.

Local businesses have been very generous in providing prizes for the winners, Kortmeyer said, and of course there will be a concession on site, complete with hot chocolate, popcorn, and a bonfire to keep warm.

Everything is by donation, Kortmeyer said, who hopes to see lots of people and families out to enjoy the day that’s sure to have something for everyone.

“The more the merrier and hopefully we can break our amount for fundraising last year,” Kortmeyer said.