Williams Lake Pipe Band members Joe Bazan and John Visentin led the fourth annual Walk for ALS in Boitanio Park

Williams Lake Pipe Band members Joe Bazan and John Visentin led the fourth annual Walk for ALS in Boitanio Park

Walking for ALS event raises $22,000

Record participation in the local fourth annual Walk for ALS resulted in $22,000 raised for the ALS Society of B.C.

Record participation in the local fourth annual Walk for ALS resulted in $22,000 raised for the ALS Society of B.C.

“We want a cure soon, and believe it can happen,” said local organizers Eileen Campbell and Heather Robertson, who were delighted with the turnout on Saturday. The event included a five kilometre walk led by members of the Williams Lake Pipe Band, a silent auction and live music by Perfect Match and the community band directed by Laura Eilers.

Newcomers to the event were the Wild West Riders, the Cariboo Companion Animal Rescue and Rehab Society from 100 Mile House and Laker’s Car Club members with beautiful vintage vehicles on display.

Campbell, whose husband Hugh died of ALS in 2010, said they were thrilled with the turnout. “The enthusiasm here today was fantastic and Hughie would have been so excited,” she said. “He always wanted to go on the ALS walks, and would have been so proud today.”