Adaptive ski program raises $11K 

The Whistler Adaptive Ski Program (WASP) is has been successfully raising money to provide disabled or otherwise challenged individuals with an opportunity to alpine or cross-country ski.

In the past three months the group has raised close to $11,000.

In November, WASP received $3,500 from the Festival of Lights gala dinner and auction hosted by Whistler Realtors. Over the last month, volunteers have been selling raffle tickets, raising another $7,500.

The draw took place on Sunday at the Vancouver 2010 office in Whistler.

Don Laird of Whistler won the grand prize of three days of cat skiing for two at Chatter Creek outside of Golden. Sandy Bathgate won two nights at the Pan Pacific Lodge. Karen and Dave Kay won a night at the Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Company and a round of golf for two at the Squamish Golf and Country Club. Other prize winners include Richard Rice, Gabi Moeller, Don Lebans, Jeff Switzer, Fred Stanyer, Ross McCradie and Jenn Tasker.

"This goes a long way to helping us replenish our specialized equipment and create more programs for our users," said Sian Blyth, the director of WASP. "We have delivered almost 200 lessons already this year, a huge increase from last year and we are on track to our busiest year ever."

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