Miss Charity B.C., Patricia Celan, says hello to a couple of the residents at Critter Care Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

Critter Care Walk-a-Thon Oct. 6

Participants invited to pay $5 and enjoy a stroll through Campbell Valley park

Before Patricia Celan was crowned Miss Charity BC on July 1, she had her head shaved on stage.

She promised to shave her locks off at the Miss BC contest if she could reach her goal of raising more than $1,000 for the fight against childhood cancers.

She surpassed her fundraising goal and the locks are gone.

Now the White Rock woman wants to spread the word about another worthy cause right here in Langley.

Celan, 20, invites everyone to come out to the fifth annual Critter Care Walk-a-Thon in Campbell Valley Park on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m.

“What Critter Care does, day in, day out is so great. They are saving our native wildlife, helping babies and injured animals,” said Celan.

“The walk is $5 and it’s a really nice stroll through the park. There is even a barbecue at the end of the walk. Any other funds raised by individuals is great too because the society survives on donations and doesn’t receive government funds.”

Critter Care runs its rehab facility out of Campbell Valley Park.

Celan said she doesn’t think enough people know about what Critter Care has done over the years, rehabilitating thousands of animals from black bears, bobcats, river otter, beaver, raccoons, fawns and more back to the wild.

Special formula alone can cost upwards of $15,000 a year.

Celan, who wants to be a doctor and just put her application into UBC for pre-med, will be at the walk.

Prior to this cause she raised money for the Cops for Cancer tour, which launched this year’s ride on Sept. 24 in Langley. In summer, Celan was a counsellor at the Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp GoodTimes.

“Being a camp counsellor was such a good experience. I can’t wait to do it again next year,” she said. “It really is a magical place and the kids just love it.”

The Critter Care walk is dog friendly and lots of fun with displays, some furry friends and more. This year there is a 2 km walk starting at 11:45 a.m. and the 4 km walk starts at 11:30. On-site registration starts at 10:30 a.m. Register at crittercarwildlife.org or call Clay at 604-202-5697.

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