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LETTER: Thanks for the support

Quite some time has passed since the busy holiday season, so our Pictou County Crohn’s and Colitis group would like to inform the public that our fall/winter fundraiser was a great success.

With ticket sales and the big Prize Bingo night at the West River Fire Hall, we totaled $2,500, all of which goes for research to help fund causes and subsequently new treatments and hopefully cures for inflammatory bowel disease.

With the high incidence rate in Canada and more young people suffering from these diseases, we believe every little bit counts. We would like to thank the people of Pictou County for again supporting our cause – those coming regularly to our bingos, those who bought tickets, the local media, various businesses who assist us and, of course, the volunteers who make it all possible.

Having said all that, our group met back in the fall and after some discussion, it was decided that this past winter fundraiser would be our last – for now, at least. Our group is small and extremely dedicated, but after having the bingos and fundraisers for many years, we all need a break. We are hopeful that in the future some other people will take on these or other activities to help raise much-needed funds.

The annual national Gutsy Walk at Carmichael Park, New Glasgow, will continue the first Sunday in June, with pledge sheets available for walkers. Online pledges can be done as well. Of course, we encourage everyone to walk on June 2, whether they have pledges or not. The support is always much appreciated.

For additional information on the walk and Crohn’s and Colitis in general, we recommend the C and C Canada website.

Again, we thank you for your continued support.

Mike Hollis,

County coordinator

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