Shrieks of delight echoed throughout the streets of Fernie last Saturday as Colour Crawl participants were pelted with colour.
More than 200 people took part in this year’s event, helping to raise over $5000 for the Fernie Child Care Society, a non-profit organization.
They walked or ran 5km from the Dogwood Park boat launch via a tire obstacle course and colour stations, emerging at the skate park covered head-to-toe in colour.
Colour Crawl coordinator Lu Furber said participation and the amount raised were higher than the previous event two years ago.
“We were pleased with the happy participants at the start and while some did a longer route due to mismarked arrows, everyone still had a great attitude at the finish,” she said.
“We appreciated everyone’s efforts and were overwhelmed by the community support of prizes, sponsorship and donations.”
The money raised at the Colour Crawl will go towards operating costs at the society, as well as providing more daycare spaces for Fernie families.
“Our goal is to expand daycare because we know there is a need for qualified, safe child care in Fernie,” said Fernie Child Care Society board member Jo-Ann Hnatiuk.
The society has received a grant to expand the facility and is in the process of recruiting more staff, and gathering extra toys.
“My son goes there and I see value of what they’re doing,” said Hnatiuk.