The 10th anniversary of the Georgian Triangle Humane Society Walkathon is currently underway this week, and it’s not too late to lend your support to the cause.
As of Wednesday, fundraising tallies showed the event had raised $81,275 so far – about half of its $150,000 goal.
“It’s the biggest goal we’ve had,” said Kristin Holmes, marketing and public relations manager with the Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS). “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We’ve never needed the community support more. It’s not too late to make a difference.”
Holmes said the growth of South Georgian Bay as a community has been reflected in the growth of GTHS over the past 10 years.
“We’re seeing intakes on the rise, post-pandemic. With inflation, accessible vet care is very difficult. We are seeing a lot of demand for our services,” she said.
This year marks a move back to a more traditional walkathon.
Over the past two years, the event was run virtually with participants encouraged to organize their own walks or runs without a culminating final event due to COVID-19 uncertainty.
This year, the event is taking a hybrid approach with individuals and teams running their own events throughout the week with a grand finale event taking place at the Tails of the Mountain Pet Festival in Grey Highlands on Aug. 6 at 1 p.m.
“We’re doing an in-person celebration walk to wrap the week up,” said Holmes. “The next four days are pretty critical. We’re asking for everyone’s support either through registering a team or making a donation.”
“It’s really a celebration. The community always steps up. I hope we haven’t lost that spirit of coming together,” she said.
For more information on the Georgian Triangle Humane Society 2022 Walkathon or to donate, click here.
For more information on the Tails of the Mountain Pet Festival, click here.