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MS Walk in Ottawa raises thousands of dollars

More than 1,200 people, many in costume, took part in the 23rd annual Mandarin MS Walk in Ottawa Sunday.

Around 150 teams raised more than $240,000 in support of multiple sclerosis research, programs and services. The MS Walk takes place in over 160 communities across Canada throughout April and May.

Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed May as MS Awareness Month.

Participants had a choice of either a 3, 5 or 10km walk. CTV News' Lois Lee emceed the event and was joined by Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre and the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

"It has been a great MS Walk! Once again, the MS community was out in full force," said Tom Vice, the Chair of the Ottawa Chapter’s Board of Directors.

Given that Sunday's participant numbers are strong, organizers are optimistic that they will meet their goal of raising $310,000 in the coming weeks, as participants have until the end of May to turn in their pledges.

An estimated 75,000 Canadians are affected by multiple sclerosis.

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