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June 14, 2016

Fillmore Riley’s Motion to Strike Cancer raises $43,243 for CancerCare Manitoba.

Fillmore Riley’s Motion to Strike Cancer raised $43,243 in the 2016 Challenge for Life 2.0. The 2016 fundraiser raised a total of $955,062 for CancerCare Manitoba.

More than 800 people, including participants and volunteers, gathered at Assiniboine Park for the 9th-annual Challenge for Life on June 11. “I am really proud of our team,” said Managing Partner Glen Peters. “It was a collaborative effort and we are pleased with our fundraising results. We also had a great day at the event.”

Twenty-seven participants from Motion to Strike Cancer walked 20 kilometres. One member opted to “Work It”—a new addition to the event which involved 200 minutes of different types of workouts, including yoga, Zumba, retro aerobics, and CrossFit. “It was lots of fun,” said Fillmore Riley’s Michelle Soulodre. “Some of it felt like more fun and games than a workout.”

Each member of Motion to Strike Cancer committed to raising $500. With 30 participants, the team had to raise a minimum of $15,000. Motion to Strike Cancer exceeded the minimum and the team captain, Stuart Blake, raised $14,100. In the closing ceremony at the Lyric Stage, Stuart received recognition for being one of the top fundraisers.

A Motion To Strike Cancer Fundraising Committee also helped to raise funds through a number of initiatives. Another team of volunteers helped to hand out water and snacks to at the Fillmore-Riley Work It Check Stop.

“From fundraising to volunteering to setting up our Check Stop at Assiniboine Park and cheering participants on, our team stepped up to the challenges and did a fantastic job,” said Nicolle Brockie, General Manager and the Chair of the Fundraising Committee. “We couldn’t be prouder of how everyone, from assistants to managers and lawyers, united to raise significant dollars for a serious cause.”

Wes Burrows, Chair of the Challenge for Life Committee, added that the lawyers’ generous donations helped the team raise more than double its original fundraising goal.

Fillmore Riley ranked fourth as one of the top corporate fundraising teams. Through the firm’s past participation in the Challenge for Life Walk and the Dragon Boat Festival, the firm has raised more than $130,000 that went towards helping Manitobans of all ages affected by cancer.

Since its inception nine years ago, Challenge for Life has raised nearly $9,000,000 for CancerCare Manitoba.