It was a beautiful, sunny, summer afternoon/evening Aug. 25 and residents around the Burin Peninsula took advantage to do their part for cancer support and research.
Hundreds arrived at the Marystown Track and Field to join some 80 cancer survivors, as well as remember hundreds of others from the peninsula alone who have fought, survived or succumbed to the disease.
To fight and survive this terrible disease is probably one of the greatest acts of courage any individual can offer up, but to finally bow to the ravages of the disease is no shame either.
The entire population of the Burin Peninsula is in the range of 23,000 people now and to say the disease in some way has touched almost half of the individuals living here – either a family member, friend or acquaintance – would not be too far fetched.
For many of these people to come out for eight years in a row to fundraise for such a cause deserves a word of praise for each and everyone of them.
Organizers believe the final total has reached $55,000.
At the same time, the annual Johanna’s Ride the Boot sponsored by the Heritage Riders Motorcycle Club went the same weekend and realized $30,000 for the Candlelighters Association and its children’s Camp Delight for cancer patients.
The dedication and commitment of all supporters in obtaining pledges and turning out to socialize and support one another to let people know ‘Cancer Can Be Beaten’ – the Canadian Cancer Society’s long time slogan – is deserving of all the praise that can be offered.
And now this weekend, peninsula residents will step up to the plate again and fundraise for local health care facilities. The great efforts of local residents and the Burin Peninsula Health Care Foundation will likely generate another $50,000, if past years are any indication.
For a region that has 20 per cent unemployment and native sons and daughters living away, there is no doubt when an important cause presents itself residents are willing to do their utmost. It’s a reflection of the small community’s attitude of helping and sharing with the less fortunate in their midst.
For those who volunteer, offer their own time to help in anyway, go out and fundraise for worthwhile causes and keep their relatives, neighbours and fellow beings always in their thoughts the community is truly indebted and we should all be thankful.
George Macvicar, Editor/Manager