On Tuesday, July 21, Hope women of all ages hiked the the quarry and emerged wearing their favourite little black dress in support of Hope’s search and rescue crew.
Seventeen women joined the quarry hike off of Othello Road, dubbed ‘Operation Little Black Dress.’ Inspired by a hiking event by the same name organized by the Chilliwack BC Hiking Club in support of that community’s search and rescue team, Laurie Pole set out to organize a similar get together to benefit Hope’s rescue organization.
The group hiked up to the Russ Hislop memorial bench, then down a mountain bike trail towards Kawkawa Lake. “The end was a bit of a drop but with encouragement, they all made it down safely,” Pole stated. Once safely down at Kawkawa Lake, the group changed into their favourite little black dresses and heels, and toasted with champagne and other bubbly beverages.
The group collected $310 for Hope Volunteer Search and Rescue and are asking anyone else who might get inspired to donate to drop it off to Hope SAR treasurer Tanya Macneish at Pacific Satellite.
Pole stated this event will become an annual one each July, with date and hike to be determined. “Hope to see you next year and thank you to all the ladies that participated,” Pole stated.