Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Podunk Below the Masthead, Monday, August 24, 2009

The search begins for a new coordinator for a popular event, the Northern Adventure gets roped in and a look into some of the intrigue of Ridley Terminals, some of the items of note for a Monday.

DAILY NEWS, Headline Story, Monday, August 24, 2009
RUN FOR THE CURE LOOKING FOR A NEW COORDINATOR-- With Marcela Navarro set for relocation to Victoria, organizers of the annual Run for the Cure are looking for someone to pick up the torch for the October event(see story here) item is also provided at the end of this post.

The weekend troubles of the Northern Adventure were chronicled in the Monday edition of the Daily Paper (see story here)

The weave of intrigue at Ridley Terminals is examined, as George T. Baker outlines some of the findings of Nathan Cullen, the MP for Skeena- Bulkley Valley who has been asking some questions of the current management structure at the Terminal these days (see story here)

And tough economic times may make for cutbacks at the Prince Rupert Public Library as the Provincial government considers changes to what it calls non core funding (see story here)

The sports page features a review of the Prince Rupert Rugby clubs alumni game held over the weekend (see story here)

CFTK News website
Annual Port conference begins-- The Port of Prince Rupert hosts a three day meeting of port officials, politicians and business leaders from across the country (see story here)

Daily News front page, headline story:

Run for the Cure is looking for new coordinator
By Patrick Witwicki

The Prince Rupert Daily News
Monday, August 24, 2009

Marcela Navarro has watched the Prince Rupert version of "Run for the Cure" grow since she began organizing it three years ago.

But she's worried that all of that work might be for nought, if she can't find someone capable of taking over as coordinator for the event.

The CIBC Run for the Cure is a national fundraising event for breast cancer research, and prior to moving to Rupert, Navarro was part of the organizing committee in Prince George.

When she arrived in town, she learned that there was no one available to organize the event, so she took it on, and after moderate success in 2007, participation nearly doubled last year.
So, she's taking the steps necessary to ensure that momentum doesn't dissipate.

"I'm leaving for Victoria, but I would like to find someone to take over," she said.

The 18th annual event will take place Sun. Oct. 4, and if Navarro manages to find a coordinator to take over the reigns, it will once again happen at Pattullo Field.

If anyone thinks the chore for being a coordinator is too monstrous, Navarro is quick to point out that is actually isn't as difficult as one may think. After all, the donations and pledges are entered online (http://www.cibcrunforthecure.com/) so in reality, the local coordinator's main job is simply to ensure that the event runs smoothly.

"It's trying to set up for the day," said Navarro. "And we do have support from the Health Sciences Association (www.hsabc.org). There will be support within the community."

Some duties would include ensuring permission from the city for the event to use Pattullo Field, arrange for the fire department to set up their tent, and of course, most importantly, coordination in trying to get as many people to register as possible.

Donations, as mentioned, take place online, or people can sign up a team to participate in the event.

Registration for this also takes place on the "Run for the Cure" website.

The monies raised get pooled in with what takes place in Prince George, said Navarro, but she added that the money remains in Northern B.C., and benefits Northern Health, whether it's here in town, in Prince George, or even as far east as Dawson Creek.

"Specifically, [it would] go towards mammography here in town," she said.

Finding a cure for breast cancer is at the apex of the fundraising, but as long as enough mammographic equipment is available throughout B.C., at least patients can fight back against cancer and survive.

"Early detection is the most important," said Navarro.

In essence, Navarro is hopeful that Run for the Cure can continue to be held in Rupert for years to come.

"My goal is to find someone who can continue with the work and benefit the community," she said.

Anyone interested in taking over as coordinator is asked to call Navarro directly at 250-627-1218.

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