Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Top walker flies to Hawaii with winnings

In 2010, Angela Crawford raised $4,169 for the Iams Wiggle Waggle Walkathon making her the highest fundraiser at the 22nd annual event. Her top placement won her roundtrip Westjet tickets to anywhere Westjet flies.

Crawford didn’t hesitate to pick the vacation spot of her dreams and went to Hawaii for two weeks with her boyfriend this past February.

“We went to Oahu where Honolulu is,” explained the member of the Alta Vista Animal Hospital walkathon team. “We stayed at Waikiki beach, and also went to Maui.”

“We snorkelled six times,” she continued. “It was breeding and calving season for hump back whales, so they were all around us.  We saw coral fish and endangered green sea turtles.  We dove with sharks – Galapagos sharks that were 10 feet long. They were all around us.”

Crawford said the trip was amazing, but she loved found snorkelling the most memorable.

“We were so close to sea turtles and a sea snake,” she said.  “We saw endangered monk seals.”

Crawford has been a veterinary technician in the surgery department of the Alta Vista Animal Hospital for the past 15 years and a participant in the Iams Wiggle Waggle Walkathon for 10 years. She will again participate this year with her co-workers on Sunday, September 11. As a team, the hospital has a goal to raise $15,000.

“As usual, I  have the web page for online fundraising but I will  also sell chocolates and baked goods at work and go door to door in my neighbourhood,” she explained.

Crawford is also organizing a fundraiser night at the Velvet Room and Fat Tuesdays in the Byward Market. Similar to an event she held last year, this year’s pub night will take place September 9.  A $5.00 admission fee will go toward fundraising efforts, as will the proceeds of a 50/50 draw and a silent auction. 

Thanks to Angela Crawford and the walkathon team at Alta Vista Animal Hospital!  There’s still time bring in pledges for a chance of becoming this year’s biggest fundraiser!

Click here to register for the walkathon or to find out more about the event, set to take place on Sunday, September 11, 2011.

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