Since Karen Guidos launched her brainchild Bikinis for Breast Cancer in 2009 she’s raised over $90,000 for breast cancer research between events in Lake Louise, Alta. and New Zealand.
The 14 women and occasional men who participated under bluebird skies and summer temperatures at Guidos’ first Sun Peaks event raised that figure by over $11,000.
“I have to say for this being the first time for the event at Sun Peaks it exceeded all of my expectations,” says Guidos. “I’m so excited with how it all went.”
Natalie Vancuren, Sun Peaks Resort’s dispatcher, was one of the event participants.
“I thought it was very good for the first year, well organized. It would have been nice to see some more people out, but I think next year will be a bigger crowd,” she says.
Most of the participants were from Kamloops, and represented a range of women with a lawyer, doctor, business owner, retiree and more coming out for the day.
“People are shy, but once they saw all of us and our age range, from 20 to 56, more people will be inclined to do it,” Vancuren continues. “It was really worth doing.”
Expect the event to revisit Sun Peaks next year.