It's been an amazing month here on the Coast. The good people of this community have opened up their hearts and their pocket books during several charity events.
The spirit of giving is simply astounding.
We started off the month with the Relay for Life in Roberts Creek.
More than $96,000 was raised during the event. Participants shared laughter, stories and hugs and shed a few tears as they walked around Roberts Creek Elementary School in support of cancer research.
A few days later came the inaugural Hip Hip Hooray Walk and Celebration of Mobility. The walk was short, but to those people who, without orthopedic surgery or care, could not lead a normal life, the event meant much. Again, the community came out in force to raise $6,000.
The Cops for Cancer fundraiser, always a big hit on the Coast, was another huge success this year. There are quite a few bald heads visible up and down the Coast after headshaving for the cause. More than $17,000 was raised.
To quote organizer Deepak Prasad, "The Sunshine Coast rocks!" We couldn't agree more.
And last weekend, the Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion event was held in Sechelt. More than $4,000 was raised at this event. Event ambassador Judy Sim is pictured in today's edition (page B10) along with her team The Believers, who raised more than $2,000 themselves. Her arms up in the air in celebration and the smile on her face bring a warmth to your heart.
All of these events were in support of different causes, and they couldn't have happened without the help of countless volunteers, sponsors and the community.
The stories at these events are ones of inspiration, of coming together to support each other. We're blown away by the generosity of people here on the Coast.
No matter the cause and whenever there is someone in need, this community rallies together.
The Sunshine Coast is a special place with special people.