The campaign is looking to collect as many one dollar coins as possible, as the Loonie Mile will be made up of a one-mile track around the Pomeroy Sport Centre’s walking track.
Fundraising culminates on April 27, when athletes, along with anyone else looking to hit the track, will walk around the indoor track at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, when people can also drop in and lay their coin donations on the track in support of the local athletes.
Money raised throughout the campaign will go towards Special Olympics B.C., which dedicates its time to providing individuals with intellectual disabilities opportunities gain valuable benefits such as friendships and life skills, along with athletic achievements.
In Fort St. John, Special Olympics B.C. provides year-round sport training and competitive opportunities in five different sports for over 50 athletes, along with supporting the help of over 60 volunteers.
Recently, Fort St. John's Sheryl Jakubowski competed in the snowshoe racing event at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where she won a gold medal in the 4×100 relay, and a bronze medal in the 1600 metre individual event.
Another local athlete, Darlene Jakubowski, also competed in South Korea, where she took home silver and gold in figure skating, replicating her on-ice performance at the 2009 event in Boise, Idaho.
Local businesses can also show their support by sponsoring a strip of the Loonie Mile, or by holding a Lonnie Drive at their office.
The event will hit the Pomeroy Sport Centre walking track from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.on April 27 and for more information, or to get involved with the fundraising campaign, contact Debbie at 250-787-7646 or email Roblin_250@shaw.ca.