More than $13,000 was raised in Sunday’s fourth annual Bikinis and Boardshorts event at Sunshine Village. This year for the first time guys were able to participate in their boardshorts raising money for Prostate Cancer Canada. The girls continued their remarkable efforts raising money for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
“It was an amazing event,” said Marie Claire, Sunshine Village Events Coordinator. “For one girl to raise over two thousand dollars, it’s just unbelievable.”
One team of girls even managed to crack the $4,000 mark with Breast Friends raising $4,686.
Since Sunshine held its inaugural event in April 2009 it has raised over $65,000 for cancer research with this event alone.
Girls and guys 18 years of age and older participated in the event, which involves skiing or riding down Strawberry face in a bikini top and snow pants, or boardshorts.
“Sunshine is very proud to support Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Prostate Cancer Canada through this event,” said Don Beaulieu, Vice President, Sales, Marketing and New Business, Sunshine Village.
He added, “We would like to thank our participants and donors for their continued efforts in raising funds for these two great causes.”
Sunshine Village presented the cheque to Laura Reynolds, Development Officer for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
“I get to see some pretty unique events but this is one of my favorites,” said Reynolds.
On average, 445 Canadian women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer every week, and 100 of these women will not make it. 73 Canadian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each day, with 11 of these men dying from the disease. With the support of volunteers, the generosity of donors and corporate partners, these foundations are funding some of the most relevant and innovative cancer research programs in the country.
As the Bikinis and Boardshorts participants discovered today there is still plenty of snow at Sunshine Village for the 84th annual Slush Cup taking place tomorrow, 21st May at 1:30PM. There will be plenty of entertainment with participants dressing in creative costumes attempting to clear the chilly, slushy pond as well as BC/DC performing live from 12noon.