Picture Butte community members and residents from Lethbridge County and surrounding area are gearing up to walk just over 12 kilometres from Iron Springs to Picture Butte June 6 for a cancer fundraising walk.

“We will be walking from Huntsville School to the Picture Butte Community Centre — along Highway 25. Then we will be having a barbecue and then a live auction, a raffle and some entertainment,” said Sarah Marshall, assistant controller at the Paskal Cattle Company in Picture Butte and organizer of the inaugural event. Marshall added there may possibly even be a silent auction.

Marshall explained Rick Paskal came up with the idea, as one of the employees at the community-minded business, was recently diagnosed with cancer.

“He mentioned he wanted to do something like this and that was basically it,” she added.

Sign in for the walk, Marshall said, is at 11 a.m. The bus leaves from the community centre in Picture Butte.

“We will be busing everybody out to Huntsville School between noon and 12:30 p.m. The walk will begin at 1 p.m.”

Depending on each participant’s fitness level, the walk should take between two to three hours to complete, according to Marshall The barbecue is scheduled to kick off between 4:30-5 p.m.

Pre-registration, Marshall noted, is encouraged in order to obtain the proper amount of t-shirts and to know what amount of food is needed to feed the hungry participants after walking the just over 12 kilometres. Registrations are available online at  www.facebook.comipaskalcattle, on the company’s website or registration forms are available at the office.

“If people can’t make it out here or they can’t send it in or whatever — they are able to register the day of,” said Marshall.

Marshall said over 100 people have already registered for the walk, which will run rain or shine.

“Based on the community, we are expecting a lot more people to kind of just show up the day of We’re expecting around 500 altogether,” Marshall commented.

Registration fees are as follows. A single person registration fee is $20, which includes the barbecue, a t-shirt and entertainment A family is $30, which is between 2-5 people.

For just the barbecue and entertainment it is $10 or $20 for the barbecue, entertainment and a t-shirt or $40 for a family.

For more information about the community event call 403-732-5641 extension 2.

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