Families and individuals who partook in the 2022 4x4x48 fundraising challenge gathered at the Sparwood Golf Club on April 26 for a photo and to hand in donations to Brenna Baker, executive director of the East Kootenay Foundation for Health, who is on the far right of the picture. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Families and individuals who partook in the 2022 4x4x48 fundraising challenge gathered at the Sparwood Golf Club on April 26 for a photo and to hand in donations to Brenna Baker, executive director of the East Kootenay Foundation for Health, who is on the far right of the picture. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘Herculean effort’: around $15k raised in 2022 4x4x48 challenge, more fundraising left to go

Around $1.7 million had been raised as of April 26, 2022

The 2022 4x4x48 fundraising challenge has so far brought in around $15,746, according Brenna Baker, executive director of the East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH).

“It always amazes me, the community support that we get from the Elk Valley,” she said.

The money is going towards a planned youth mental health facility in Cranbrook called the Foundry East Kootenay. Money is being raised through the EKFH.

“Not only are (the 4x4x48 participants) raising funds, but they raise so much awareness for Foundry.”

On Tuesday (April 26), families and individuals who partook in the 4x4x48 challenge gathered at the Sparwood Golf Club for a photo and to hand in donations.

The meetup came in the wake of what challenge organizer Calvin Domin called a “Herculean effort” put forth by the around 72 participants who took to the streets from Apr. 15 to 17 to run or walk four miles every four hours for 48 hours for the cause.

“As always, the Elk Valley in particular, and the East Kootenays — it always impresses me how many people come out and go for it. They put their whole heart into it,” Domin said.

“It’s a Herculean effort, not only the distance, but the lack of sleep,” he said, adding that the support participants received was “pretty incredible.”

The initial price tag for the Foundry East Kootenay was around $1.4 million, but according to Baker, “increased building costs” over the last couple of years have put that number closer to an estimated $2.4 million, though that new total is not confirmed. The final figure won’t be known until the Foundry East Kootenay construction contractor, New Dawn Developments, gives their total.

On April 26, according to Baker, close to $1.7 million had been raised.

There is still more fundraising to be done before the full cost is covered, according to Baker.

“I just want to thank Calvin and his family and everybody who participated, because like I said, it blows me away, the support that we get from the Elk Valley.

“We do a lot of fundraising for Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie, and everybody always just comes together and we raise money quickly through the valley.

“I love this community.”

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