Piper Pat Morrison leads in the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock riders to the annual Red Serge Dinner on Oct. 3 to a sold-out audience at the Eagles Hall.

New event huge success for Tour de Rock

Organizers of the inaugural KolourFun Run in support of the 2016 Tour de Rock are already planning for next year

Organizers of the inaugural KolourFun Run in support of the 2016 Tour de Rock are already planning for next year, due to this year’s great success.

The event involved participants walking, strolling or even running a five-kilometre route around Transfer Beach and the waterfront. Participants bought bags of coloured corn starch and along the way threw them at each other.

“There were over 275 participants – it was way more than we anticipated. It was so much fun and a great success,” according to co-chair Lindy Skutnick.

This was also the second year for Loggers Sports.

This was a family event and was strictly by donation as Otter Point Timber and Western Forest products covered the cost of the show so all money raised went to the Cops for Cancer.

“It’s neat that we can do these events that are great family events that everyone can attend and there is really no cost,” said local organizer Duck Paterson. “It’s all by donation.  The weather this year wasn’t the best but the loggers sports still attracted over 1,800 people.  We raised over $3,000 at that event and the group is thinking of trying to do an even larger show next year.  The two carvers we had there were a big success and hopefully we can expand on that part as well.”

As tradition has it, the Red Serge Dinner, was also a success with all the tickets selling out.

“The response from the local business community was huge again and the committee received many donations of merchandise to use for silent auction items as well as prizes and gifts,” said local chair, Kim Irwin.

She added that the donations from local individuals and businesses from their own fundraisers was great again, and shows the amazing support that the community has for the Tour de Rock.

Not all money has come in yet, but the preliminary total for Ladysmith’s fundraising is estimated at more than $38,000.

“Our committee is very proud of the work that was done and is very grateful to the entire community for their support,” Irwin said.