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Fundraising walks in Kamloops move online

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to cancellation or postponement of scores of events, but some organizations have pivoted to staging them online.
peace walk 2017
Participants march in the 2017 Walk for Peace, the Environment and Social Justice. The 2020 event will be done virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as will other fundraising walks.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to cancellation or postponement of scores of events, but some organizations have pivoted to staging them online.

In May and June, the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, the Kamloops Kidney Walk and the Kamloops Walk for Peace, the Environment and Social Justice will all be held via the internet.

• Speakers, poetry readings and musical performances will highlight the altered agenda of the peace Walk, which will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, through the online videoconferencing program Zoom Webinar.

In past years, hundreds of people would meet at the downtown Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market on a Saturday in May and march through the streets before returning to the marker and takin part in a festival in the schoolyard of the former Stuart Wood elementary. This year, participants can go online to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kla1e2eUTYSCIyPsWWLu3A to register for the event.

• The Walk for Alzheimer’s will take place online on Sunday, May 31. 

The event will start at 9 a.m. and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. Participants will be able to stream the walk live, while joining in the fun from their living room, backyard or balcony. The broadcast will feature participants from all across Canada who will share their personal stories of how dementia has affected their life, as well as competing in fun challenges and walking in a safe space.

Funds raised will help fund programs and services to support people living with dementia in Kamloops. They will also help enable research into the causes of and cure for dementia.  To register, go online to walkforalzheimers.ca.

• The Kamloops Kidney Walk had been scheduled for Sept. 20 at McDonald Park. Instead, the event will take place on Sunday, June 7, via a virtual walk.

The virtual walks are being called Walk The Block. More info is available online at kidneywalk.ca or at https://kidney.akaraisin.com/ui/BCWALKS2020/about.