Those numbers far surpassed goals of $15,000 raised each. All of the money raised stays in the community to benefit animals in need. 

That’s one of the reasons Fort St. John resident Annie Wile was so motivated to spend her time fundraising for the local SPCA. In total, Wile raised over $10,000 to donate to the North Peace branch. She heard about the challenge after she took a basset hound she found near her pet sitting business to the shelter a couple of weeks ago, and heard they had only raised around $2,000 by mid-month. 

“I composed a letter and just started putting it in everyone’s mailboxes,” she explains. I took it to some of the oil companies, and within two weeks it was over $10,010. I was just stunned.”

She believes if she’d known about the challenge even earlier, she’d have been able to raise $20,000 herself, thanks largely in part to the generosity of local businesses and her clients. Petron Communications made a $2,500 contribution, while Epscan donated $1,000 and Unleashed Boutique gave $500, just to name a few. Wile admits the community’s generosity has been slightly overwhelming, calling her fundraising efforts “the most rewarding thing”. 

“I’m so excited for the city,” she says, “The community has come through. It’s been a real rewarding feeling. I was just so moved by that.”

Three local schools also took part in the challenge, and in total, they raised $2,565. Alwin Holland won the School Challenge Cup with just under $1,250 raised, followed by Dr. Kearney with $750 and Robert Ogilvie with almost $565. 

Donations are still being accepted.