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An upcoming garage sale will support a pink cause.
The garage sale will be held Sat., Sept. 8 and Sun., Sept. 9 at 181 Allenby Cres. in Transcona between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. It will be in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Laurie Sodomlak, who grew up in Transcona but now lives in Osborne Village, is holding the sale to raise $4,000 to take part in the Charity Challenge in the Incan ruins in the lost city of Machu Picchu, Peru next May.
The $4,000 will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Sodomlak has raised $1,400 towards the total to date.
Charity Challenge is a tour operator which operates overseas fundraising challenges and allows individuals to take part in different adventures while raising money for charity.
The United Kingdom-based organization has been operating for more than 12 years. It has helped raise more than $50 million for some 1,300 registered charities around the world.
Sodomlak, a fundraising and stewardship co-ordinator with the foundation who has taken part in the Run for the Cure in Winnipeg since its inception in 1996, said the upcoming fundraiser will be a little different than a typical garage sale.
"We’re not pricing anything, we’re accepting donations and people can make an offer on items," said Sodomlak, a retired principal.
Once arriving in Cusco, Peru, Sodomlak and other participants will take part in two days of acclimatization before making the four-day trek to Machu Picchu.
Sodomlak, who has worked with the foundation for five years, said making the journey is a small feat compared to what those fighting with cancer deal with on a daily basis.
"I just have to put one foot in front of the other and go day by day. In Machu Picchu I will do that, but a lot of these women do it daily," she said.
Bryna Dilman, team fundraising and stewardship manager at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation office in Toronto, said the foundation started partnering with Charity Challenge this past May.
"The funds raised from this excursion and other adventures allow the foundation to continue funding ground-breaking research, education, awareness and advocacy initiatives towards the foundation’s vision of creating a future without breast cancer," Dilman said.
Sodomlak said visiting Machu Picchu has always been on her personal list of things to do, adding she’s happy to be able to do it for a worthy cause.
"It’s an opportunity I have because I’m healthy and can take action. When you’re sick, something else has taken over, so I feel I’m very fortunate," she said.
To donate to Sodomlak’s journey visit http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=1486692&langPref=en-CA.
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