LETTER – Reach Beyond Expedition participant thanks the Comox Valley for its support

Dear editor,

In September I took part in the Outward Bound Canada’s “Reach Beyond Expedition” which is a fundraising event for Outward Bound Canada’s charitable programs. This expedition took place on one of the world’s most famous trekking routes – the Tour Du Mont Blanc, a 170 km trek in the Alps, and through three countries; France, Italy and Switzerland. In true Outward Bound fashion, it was amazing, hard, epic and life-changing.

As it was a fundraiser I reached out to my family, friends and community to help support my fundraising efforts, and all I can say is wow! I was overwhelmed! I want to thank everyone for your generosity and amazing support I received. Be it donations, spreading the word, telling me I could do this and my physiotherapist who diligently worked on my IT band and plantar fasciitis to make sure I was prepared for the trek. I was overwhelmed and touched by the support I received from my family, friends, acquaintances and total strangers.

For all of you who supported me in the fundraising, in whatever aspect, I want you to know that your support will enable others to experience these life-changing programs. You will likely never meet the person you will help, but let me tell you from personal experience, and what I have witnessed of others, you are giving them life-changing, and at times, life-saving opportunities.

Outward Bound Canada’s motto is “Get Out. Look In.” I have had the amazing opportunity to do just that. Every time I do, I come back a stronger, wiser and more confident person. Thank you for your support in helping others do that. You helped me raise just over $5,700, this was beyond my wildest dream, and as a group, we raised $39,247, just shy of our $40,000 gaol, but we are still working on that. To say we are all ecstatic is an understatement.

Thank you once again for the overwhelming support and helping those who may benefit the most, have access to these amazing programs.

Suzy Venuta,


RELATED: Comox hiker hading to the Alps

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Comox spring training cancelled for Snowbirds next month

The team announced that due to ongoing travel restrictions they will not be training in the Valley

442 squadron to perform fly-by over Comox Valley hospital to salute COVID-19 workers

Cormorant helicopter will fly over the hospital at 7 p.m.

Comox Valley Classic Cruisers hitting the road to bring the community together

Residences, hospital, on the list to drive by Thursday night

Comox Valley Art Gallery unveils new public artwork creation by Andy Everson

Stressing the importance of art in times like these, on Sunday K’omoks… Continue reading

Conservation: Two elk unlawfully shot in Northern Vancouver Island

‘The elk also did not have all of the edible portions of meat removed’

COVID-19: 4 new deaths, 25 new cases but only in Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health

A total of 1,291 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Comox Valley grocers going extra mile during coronavirus

We have had numerous requests to post a fluid article directing consumers… Continue reading

Merville couple designs rat-proof, backyard composters

A Merville couple has designed a product that is encouraging people to… Continue reading

COVID-19: Don’t get away for Easter weekend, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

John Horgan, Adrian Dix call 130 faith leaders as holidays approach

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

Some Cowichan schools to reopen for children of essential-services workers

Cowichan Valley will open 8 elementary schools this week

RCMP call on kids to name latest foal recruits

The baby horses names are to start with the letter ‘S’

Physiotherapists turn to technology to reach patients during COVID-19

Just because services, jobs, and socializing have been put on hold, it… Continue reading

Most Read