Over $14,000 raised for Janeway Telethon

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Graydon Pelley walked from St. John’s to Deer Lake over the summer raising over $14,000 for the Janeway Telethon. He says he’ll most likely take a break from the walk next year.

DEER LAKE  Teacher Graydon Pelley raised over $14,000 on his Caring for Kids walk over the summer, doubling his efforts over last year.

The cheque was presented to the Janeway Hospital Thursday afternoon at Elmwood Elementary.

His walk brought him from St. John’s to Deer Lake in about ten days, during which he met with most kids of weather and met lots of different people.

“The first few days I didn’t take my rain gear off,” he recalled. “It was slow going, but then it got better and I managed to continue in some sunshine.”

Approximately $4,000 of the total came from his walk, with people pulling over to make personal donations while he was pounding the pavement.

The rest came from personal and corporate donations back home.

He started walking as a fundraiser in 2012 with a trip between Deer Lake and Corner Brook but this year decided to use the whole island as a fundraising method.

Dave Elms, host of the annual Janeway Telethon, was on hand Thursday to accept the donation.

Organizations: Janeway Hospital

Geographic location: DEER LAKE, Corner Brook

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