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Cancer foundation's annual fundraiser will get a little spooky this year

Halloween theme for Walk/Run for Hope at Kivi Park
Donning Halloween costumes and helping to launch the fifth annual Cancer Centre Walk/Run for Hope is sister Ada Schweyer, left, Stella Schweyer, right, and Milena Raso. (Arron Pickard/

Things will get a bit spooky this year for the fifth annual Cancer Centre Walk/Run for Hope.

That's because this year's event is being held only days before Halloween. On Oct. 27, the final event of the Move Kivi Park Fitness Series will take place, and participants are invited to don their Halloween costumes and go trick or treating on Kivi Park's trails.

More than 2,000 people have participated in the event over the past four years, raising more than $200,000 for the Northern Cancer Foundation. The money supports the Northern Cancer Centre for patient care, equipment and research.

“It's been four years at Kivi Park, and we're thrilled to be there once again,” said Northern Cancer Foundation executive director Tannys Laughren.

“It's about raising funds, but it's also about getting families out and active. We want people to recognize that, if you're active and healthy, you have better cancer outcomes.”

The event will offer four different distances — one kilometre, three kilometres, five kilometres and 10 kilometres — with all routes running through Kivi Park.

Registration is $35 and including a t-shirt and lunch. Participants are encouraged to raise funds by collecting pledges. Children 12 and under can take part for free in the one-kilometre route or $5 in other races.

For more information or to register, visit or phone 705-523-4673.


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