After months of fund-raising, the Whistler-Blackcomb Bullets raised $37,096 to win the annual 24 Hour Relay in the hospitality division. They also won first place for spirit and costumes.
"This years team had really high morale, and personal fund-raising played a huge role," said Liza Walli, the staff events and communication co-ordinator for Whistler-Blackcomb, and the Bullets team captain.
"Our team added so much diversity to the fund-raising drive this year. We wouldnt have won without their energy, enthusiasm and countless personal hours of getting out there and raising awareness for a great cause."
Proceeds from the 24 Hour Relay go towards Camp Squamish, which provides opportunities to swim, ride horses, hike, canoe, and participate in craft making and drama workshops to disabled children from the Lower Mainland.
The money raised by the Bullets this year will send at least 45 children to Camp Squamish this summer, and will help to cover capital costs, such as the trampolines that the camp wishes to purchase.
Some 144 teams participated in the relay this year. Not only did Whistler-Blackcomb raise more than any other team, they also earned a coveted spot in the Relays $100,000 club.
Some of the fund-raising activities included the "Good Morning Whistler" coffee and snack stand in the village, and a "Jail n Bail" where participants were locked in a cell at the GLC and had to raise bail by phoning friends and family for donations. Participants included Mayor Hugh OReilly and Ken Derpak, the Whistler-Blackcomb director of finance.
And then theres the relay. All of the participants had to run at least three times over the 24-hour period, or approximately 12 kilometres.
The Bullets included Julie Waterhouse, Jules Amos, Carlee Howell, Liza Walli, Jason Romany, Mike Tousignant, Jen Stewart, Tracy Ford, Derek Gagne, Sue Bennett, Christine Stufano, Geordan Reid, John Sinclair, Tracy Hutton, Kate Pawlett, Kirby Brown, Paula Palmer, Mark Crawford, Arthur Dejong, Adrian Villavicencio, Rachael Roberts, Raj Das, Eric Earle, Wendy Robinson, Jacqueline Wener, John Teitzel, Kerry Dedman, Veronica Brown, Tiffany Sinclair, Karen Bauckham and Dwayne Waller.