Rain and mud equal dollars for Canadian Cancer

September 12, 2016


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Rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, but rain on your mud run event day is better than good luck – it’s extra mud! The former ski hill at Talisman Mountain Springs Inn might be a little drier today, but the ‘high’ experienced by Mudmoiselle participants and organizers still brings a smile to faces as Saturday’s event is deemed a success for the Canadian Cancer Society Bluewater Community Office in Owen Sound.

On Saturday, September 10th, 313 participants from 61 teams took on a challenging obstacle course winding up, down and through the former ski resort hill in Kimberley to battle mud, heights, water, fire and more, all in the name of fighting back against cancer.  Some obstacles were made even more challenging as the rains poured on runners.  Money raised through Mudmoiselle funds Canada's most promising cancer research and vital support services for cancer patients and their families.          

Carly Furniss, Fundraising Assistant with the Canadian Cancer Society was pleased with the event. “As an organizer, I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome” Furniss says.  “From the energizing ‘hype up’ to the muddy smiles to the dollars raised, it all went wonderfully – we got a lot of positive feedback.” Donations are still slowly rolling in, but as of print date, the event raised just over $60,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.  “It’s an amazing feat, to say one event raised that much money and we can’t thank all our hard working participants, volunteers and sponsors enough” Furniss says.           

Furniss explains that money raised goes toward all aspects of the Canadian Cancer Society’s mission including funding research, information services, and support programs, like Wheels of Hope – the volunteer-driven program that transports patients to and from their cancer treatments from all over Grey, Bruce and Collingwood.  Furniss adds that in 2015, Wheels of Hope through the Bluewater Community Office drove 709,000 kilometres.

"When donors request that their dollars stay local, this is the program we put most money toward," Furniss says.  "We have a large geographical area to cover and we want to make sure everyone who needs a ride to treatment, has one."           

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If you would still like to donate toward Mudmoiselle, or are interested in taking part next year, please visit www.Mudmoiselle.ca  to get all the dirty details or call 519.376.6011 for more information. 

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