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Kids scale Blue Mountain to raise funds for operating table

A group of 11 kids all under 8 years old climbed a mountain today to raise money for Collingwood's hospital

A group of 11 kids aged three to eight-years-old climbed Blue Mountain this afternoon in support of Collingwood’s hospital.

The young climbers hiked up Village Way today as part of the Everest Challenge fundraiser, which takes place one month from now.

The Everest Challenge began last year and encourages teams of fundraisers to participate in a climb-a-thon style event. Each team must climb the mountain 40 times in total to match the distance of a climb up Mount Everest (8,000 vertical feet). It takes place this year on Oct. 19 at Blue Mountain.

The kids were climbing one time today, but they’ve set themselves an Everest-sized fundraising goal of $10,000 to buy a new operating room table for the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. So far the team has raised nearly $6,000.

The team, called Kids Conquering Everest, includes Jayden (8), Avery (6), and Nicholas (3) Kerr, Sam Ainley (5), Haden (8) and Bennett (5) Miller, Jade (7) and Mazi (5) Carscadden, Primrose (6) and Hazlyn (7) Smith , and Barrett Sembay (4). The team began with the Kerr kids who recruited some of their friends to join them on their hike.

Peter and Rita Premich of Wasaga Beach were inspired to learn of the young team’s fundraising efforts and have committed to match the first $2,500 donation to Kids Conquering Everest.

You can support the kid’s team online here or by calling the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation Office (705-444-8645).

To sign up to participate in the Everest Challenge, click here.

Erika Engel

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter, photographer and community editor.
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