(Staff) – Midland residents eager to prove that man is a dog’s best friend will be taking part in the Friends for Life walk-a-thon on May 24. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Midland branch of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, raising $11,000 in 2008. The goal is to double that this year. "We can reach our goal if 100 people joined and each person raised at least $200 of pledges," said branch manager Maureen Dool, adding she is aiming to raise $1,000 herself. All the money raised will go toward care of the animals at the shelter. "I am hoping some of our past rescued dogs will join us on the walk," she added. "It’s exciting to see them with their families and how they have matured into great friends." Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk starting at 10 a.m. Visit to register or to learn more about the walk. Pledge forms are also available at the shelter, local veterinary offices, Pet Valu and Global Pet Foods. A free lunch and drinks will be provided. There will also be a number of prizes up for grabs, including a Disney World holiday for two.
The Beaver Valley Community School received special recognition at the last Bluewater District School board meeting for their fundraising efforts for the 2008 Terry Fox Run. BVCS raised $19,864.24, making them number 11 on the top 50 list for Ontario elementary schools. The total funds raised by all schools in the Bluewater board amount to $43,978.26. BVCS was the top school for the board, which includes about 40 schools – elementary and secondary. In 2008, 3,700 schools across Ontario participated in the National School Run Day to raise a total of $6.6 million for Cancer research and the Terry Fox Foundation. BVCS grade eight students thanked event organizer, Elise Feltrin as well as staff, students, parent volunteers and the entire community for their support. At the board meeting on Tuesday, April 21, Chair of the BWDSB, Jennifer Yenssen offered her congratulations and encouraged BVCS to "keep up the good work."