Thousands raised at dog walk

Who let the dogs out? Ponoka’s dedicated dog walker and compassionate citizens.

Vance Adams

Vance Adams

Who let the dogs out? Ponoka’s dedicated dog walker and compassionate citizens.

The first annual Ponoka Purina Walk for Dog Guides, hosted by the Lions Club, was attended by only three non-club walkers yet $3,226 was raised and businesses donated 30 prizes.

“Financially it went really well. Numbers walker-wise not so well. We would have liked to see more walkers,” said the walk’s chairperson Dixie Tyndall.

Another walk is already in the talks for next year.

“No, we’re not giving up. We just have to get the word out,” said Tyndall. “We really hope to get a better turnout next year.”

The Lions Club is thinking about centralizing the event, possibly at Centennial Park and turning it into a family affair with activities such as a clown and face painting.

Sylvia Nordstrom was given the welcome statue, Lori Montgomery won the Tim Hortons gift pack and Shauna and Peter Vegter received a veterinary gift certificate.

The Vegters and their dog, Stitch, love to walk together and wanted to be able to help with the fundraising.

“It’s pretty important to me. Dogs can be used for so many things, why not raise money for those who need them? Maybe I’ll need one day,” said Shauna.

She said raising the $216 was one of the easiest causes she’s ever fundraised for.