Beaurepaire Village Association Ghost Run

NOVA and West Island Cancer Wellness Centre to benefit

By Jim Morrison

Beaurepaire Village was Halloween havoc Saturday, Oct. 25, as it played host to the third annual five km ghost run spectacular, in supporting Nova West Island, (NOVA) and West Island Cancer Wellness Center (WICWC).

Over 50 participants took to the neighboring streets in pirate and bumblebee outfits, ghosts, and ghoul costumes, trick or treating with numerous merchants, dancing to the music, enjoying a BBQ, and face painting as part of the landscape.

“Saturday’s great weather meant that lots of families were at the event this year. Adults, children and race volunteers came by to get their faces painted before the race, and then took part in the village festivities,” said Nancy Gervais, owner of Doodlebug face painting.

NOVA West Island is a not-for-profit, charitable, volunteer-driven and community-based healthcare organization, whose mission is to respond to identified unmet community needs, through the development and delivery of high quality, innovative health care services.

“It was a wonderful day, as it brought in new people, while meeting up with friends who volunteered at the centre,” said Debbie Magwood, founder of WICWC.

Celebrating their fifth anniversary, WICWC used this medium in launching their new book—A Little Book about Cancer, written by 18-year-old Kasia Whitelaw, who volunteered two summers at WICWC.

“This beautiful place provided comfort, energy, and motivation that cancer patients need to fight their incredibly difficult battle against their disease. I chose to focus on children because I can relate, as I was six years old when my mom’s cancer came back. Today, she is cured, healthy, and my best friend,” said Whitelaw.

One hundred percent of the sales of the book will go directly to WICWC, as it is a place where cancer patients and their families find their smiles again.

WICWC exists to empower people who are experiencing cancer by providing them with compassionate support and comprehensive information for mind, body, and spirit.

The Beaurepaire Village Association’s mandate is to invite the population to discover the welcome of its merchants and the quality of their services along Beaconsfield Boulevard.

At press time, the amount raised was yet to be determined.

More information on the non-profits is available at:

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