ALS fundraising walk secure after charity finds event coordinator

The mid-island Walk for ALS is back on stable footing thanks to the help of volunteers.

The ALS Society of B.C. put out the call for an event coordinator this week, concerned one of its longest-standing fundraisers could be lost without local leadership.

The response from mid-island residents was “instantaneous” and unprecedented, according to Wendy Toyer, executive director for the ALS Society of B.C., who says they now have a volunteer to take on the annual event.

Nanaimo’s Darcie Nolan has stepped into the coordinator role for the Walk for ALS in June. Other volunteers have offered to sit on the organizing committee.

“We are extremely thankful and impressed for the outpouring of willingness to help from the communities located within the mid-island,” said Toyer, who adds the walk will “definitely go on.”

The annual Walk for ALS has been happening in Parksville since 2005; raising money for ALS research, awareness and support services. Last year the fundraiser generated more than $30,000, helping to connect upwards of 400 British Columbians with the fatal neuromuscular disease with free counseling and equipment rentals.

This year, Nolan hopes residents can raise even more money for the cause.

“I’d love it if we could get up to $50,000,” she said.

Nolan has held volunteer positions with other fundraisers like the CIBC Run for the Cure and says she is looking forward to taking on a larger role as the event coordinator.

The mid-island Walk for ALS still needs people to fill seats on the organizing committee. To volunteer, contact


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