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June 13, 2017

Fillmore Riley’s Motion to Strike Cancer raises $63,819 for CancerCare Manitoba.

Fillmore Riley’s team “Motion to Strike Cancer” raised $63,819 in the 10th-annual Challenge for Life 2.0.

Leading up to and on event day, more than 80 team members—almost half of the firm—were involved in Challenge for Life as walkers, fundraisers or volunteers. If you factor in the purchase of tickets for fundraising initiatives, such as a paint night and a potluck lunch, this event involved every member of Fillmore Riley.

The Motion to Strike Cancer team had 36 participants who each committed to raise $500 and either “walk it” or “work it” on June 10, 2017. Fillmore Riley’s Stuart Blake, a partner and one of Challenge for Life’s top fundraisers, singlehandedly raised $25,075, with many other team members raising significantly more than the $500 minimum.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our walking, fundraising and volunteer teams,” said Motion to Strike Cancer’s Team Captain Wes Burrows who is a partner at Fillmore Riley. “We set a goal and came together as a team to make it happen. It’s a testament to our firm’s culture.”

On event day, the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Challenge for Life 2.0’s 870 participants. The walkers got wet as they embarked on the 20-kilometre trek, but the sun came out about an hour after the walk started and a breeze dried them off. The sun shone on the top fundraisers when they revealed that Challenge for Life 2.0 raised $1.09 million for CancerCare Manitoba at the closing ceremony.

“Our firm has always rallied together for good causes but to have 100 per cent engagement raised the bar,” said Nicolle Brockie, General Manager and the Chair of the Fundraising Committee. “We’re so proud of how everyone united to raise significant dollars for a serious cause.”

Through the firm’s past participation in the Challenge for Life Walk and the Dragon Boat Festival, the firm has raised almost $200,000 that went towards helping Manitobans of all ages affected by cancer.

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