Saluting this years generous sponsors

Once again this year we are so pleased to welcome and welcome back some of our very generous sponsors….over the next few days we will feature those business that have taken up the cause and are joining us for the Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race…..May 16th, 2015..

Local Lounge and GrilleWe hope you enjoyed last years race breakfast and want to again thank Local Lounge Grille for coming on board as the breakfast sponsor. Christa-Lee and Cam along with their new Chef Bradley Clease and the entire Local team will welcome all of the registered participants for a complimentary breakfast to fuel your Grind starting at 8 a.m. on race morning.  

Nesters MarketNesters Market …..”Where the locals shop”  …is always a great place to start your day but it is equally a great place to finish and we guarantee you will be delighted to see the smiling faces of the Nesters Market staff including store manager Leanne Sieben once again handing out  tasty treats at the top of Giants Head Mountain …. there quite possibly be ice cream sandwiches involved…!

Summerland ResortSummerland Waterfront Resort and Spa is  again this years host hotel. Tom, Jason, Lisa, and the staff at the Waterfront have provided us not only with ongoing meeting and registration space but have assisted in providing volunteer gifts, prizing and volunteers that have been invaluable in ensuring the success of the Giants Head Grind.

Thanks to Allen Jone – Ace Film – we have a great video from last year’s race!

If you were part of last years inaugural Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race you will want to see what Allen Jones from Ace Film has put together.  We had a tremendous first year event thanks to all of the support from family, friends and strangers who came out to support a very worthwhile and important cause and we know that there will be another race day not to miss this year on  May 16th, 2015 . If you joined us here last year we hope to see you back and if you were unable to be here we sure hope you can find your way to Summerland this May….you will be supporting a great a cause and we think you might just have some fun along the way.

Registration is open!

Take Care of Your Colon

Many of you have asked for another copy of the letter Tom wrote for last years registration kit.

Your Colon… “Out of sight should never mean out of mind”…

Colon Cancer has changed our families and many of our friend’s lives forever. I first met Chris when he was young boy and over the years watched him develop into an accomplished student, athlete and successful young man. Chris was a contributor, he was a difference maker, his passing is a loss to many but mostly to our family…he was my stepson.

Most of you know me, I am Tom Matthews and I first met Chris when he was only four years old. He was the guy that did it right, read the rules, played by the rules, took life seriously, sometimes too seriously …except of course when he didn’t… and likely we didn’t know too much about that, after all we were the parents.

Since Chris’s death on May 23rd, 2013 I have been trying to figure out how this could possibly have happened, what happened, and how to better understand this disease, this cancer, this terrible and fast moving cancer.

What follows is what I know so far and trust me I will continue to search for answers. I hope you will take the time and take seriously the information that is being shared with you regarding Colorectal Cancer and most importantly the need for all of us to push for diagnostics and early detection.

HERE ARE A FEW FACTS:

FACT

Every week:

  • 423 Canadians are diagnosed with colorectal cancer
  • 175 Canadians on average die from colorectal cancer

FACT

Colorectal Cancer:

  • Is the second leading cause of death from cancer in both men and women
  • Is only surpassed by death from lung cancer
  • Kills more Canadians than Breast and Prostate Cancer combined

FACT

Detection:

  • • If diagnosed in stage 1 or stage 2 colorectal cancer is almost 90% curable

So connect the dots…Colorectal Cancer is 90% curable… and yet Colorectal Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in this country…what’s wrong with this statement, in my opinion…. everything.

EARLY DETECTION OF COLORECTAL CANCER

In BC and Alberta:

  • Medical protocol directs physicians requisition a colonoscopy for persons under the age of 60 only if there are symptoms including blood in the stool or immediate family history of colorectal cancer. Note that immediate history means parents and grandparents and does not extend to aunts/uncles/cousins.
  • Medical protocol will not permit the requisition of a FIT TEST (which is a lab test to determine if there is any blood in the stool) under the age of 50, unless you have symptoms or immediate family history, as outlined above.
  • If you are able to qualify for a FIT test and if the test is positive (blood in the stool) you will then be eligible for a colonoscopy. Currently that may take up to 5 months to occur (South Okanagan averages).

Chris’s Journey:

  • Chris was always and advocate of his own health
  • At 25 he asked for and was denied a request for a colonoscopy
  • While at the time he had no symptoms his family history of colon cancer was extensive but not consider to be immediate family
  • Later (after being diagnosed with colon cancer) Chris’s Oncologist reviewing Chris’s family history was shocked that he had not had early detection /screening

WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?

We all need to increase the discussion on Colon Cancer – this means we have to make poop, pooping and everything about our digestion and digestive system an acceptable topic for conversation.

You must advocate for your own health

It is too late for Chris but many others don’t have to die if all of us push to ensure that the tests that exist are more widely available

I have discovered a clinic in Kelowna where they can preform private colonoscopies. The clinic is called Okanagan Health Surgical Centre. They have three general surgeons that perform this procedure. The FIT TEST, which is also available at Okanagan Health Surgical Centre, does require a doctor’s requisition, which is available at the surgical centre with no conditions.

For further information regarding a FIT TEST or information about scheduling a private colonoscopy contact:

Okanagan Health Surgical Centre
website: okanaganhealthsurgical.ca
telephone: 250-868-9799

At the Giants Head Grind on race day in the park Okanagan Health Surgical Centre will have an information booth in Summerland District Credit Union tent to provide further information. They will be available from 10:00 Am to 1:00 Pm and 3:00 PM to. 5:00 Pm.

Finally I have also discovered through the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada that there are two blood tests that are available to detect colorectal cancer:

  1. Septin 9 and
  2. Cologic http:/cologiclabtest.com

Both require a requisition/prescription from a doctor.

Recently I was told to by a member of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, “the trick is to get the physician to prescribe the test and then if you receive a positive result ensuring that there is a high priority placed on the timing of your colonoscopy.”

Despite my preliminary findings ……you really can take steps towards the early and curable detection of colorectal cancer. 

Thank you for taking the time to join us at the Giants Head Grind- Christopher Walker Memorial Race.

Tom Matthews

Join Us Again in 2015!

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The inaugural Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race in 2014 was an amazing success and we’d like to thank everyone that walked, ran, supported, sponsored and donated! We far surpassed our original goal of 300 racers and $30,000 in donations with 360 racers and $35,000 in donations (as of May 20, 2014). So, let’s keep the momentum alive…registration is now open and we hope you will sign up to join us again in one years time on May 16th, 2015…

Race Day Results

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The Race Day Results are in! Congratulations to all participants that made it to the top of the Grind!

Our Inaugural Race First Place Male and Female racers were:

  • Ken Meyers            – 32:28
  • Kalie McCrystal     – 39:05

There following is a list of times for our finishers:

 

Time Last Name First Name
32:38:00 344 Myers Ken
34:44:00 170 Curran Jason
35:10:00 343 Musselman Bell Tim
37:10:00 253 Wright Shayne
37:21:00 399 Stevens Kyle
37:34:00 103 Agur Lee
37:36:00 217 Gregory Jesse
38:05:00 238 Isaak Bob
39:05:00 123 Berrisford Michael
39:05:00 324 McCrystal Kalie
39:34:00 178 Dober Mathew
39:49:00 339 Morrison Adam
40:28:00 172 Czerpak Jake
40:44:00 120 Bartier Michael
40:57:00 139 Buckingham Colin
41:28:00 397 Stenberg Chris
41:55:00 373 Reikie Barbara
42:09:00 376 Sawchyn Donna
42:15:00 589 Webb Kevin
42:30:00 171 Currie Lauren
42:43:00 150 Cameron Sam
42:55:00 342 Musselman Bell Ingrid
43:01:00 132 Braid Mike
43:31:00 586 Walker Don
43:39:00 353 Nosworthy Ryan
43:58:00 167 Corbett Brian
44:06:00 264 Keller Justin
44:20:00 359 Persson Kristina
44:48:00 360 Peters Joe
45:12:00 331 Mcmanuis Jeff
45:18:00 157 chadwick sophia
45:43:00 378 Scholefield Julian
45:58:00 383 Shute Brodie
46:14:00 214 Gowler Cheryl
46:18:00 313 Maddock Roger
46:34:00 396 Stein Walter
46:41:00 596 Weston Chantel
46:45:00 169 Curran Nathan
46:57:00 261 Kellen Mike
47:15:00 118 Ayers Jenny
48:05:00 391 Spalding Lisa
48:30:00 216 Grant Ellen
48:33:00 594 West Mike
48:47:00 302 Lougheed Deb
48:52:00 194 Evans Sam
49:07:00 294 Langford Ross
49:11:00 226 Harrold Chloe
49:52:00 249 Johnson Lori
49:53:00 275 Kitchen Justin
50:02:00 692 Ramadan Naveed
50:04:00 227 Harrold Olivia
50:08:00 308 MacIntosh Madeline
50:17:00 305 Lyle Graham
50:24:00 309 MacIntosh Elisabeth
50:25:00 225 Harrold Cathy
50:30:00 109 Amundsen Patrick
50:31:00 122 Bell Jared
50:40:00 158 Chadwick Deborah
50:41:00 144 Burgart Dennis
50:44:00 290 Krusky Brad
51:05:00 400 Stewart Mason
51:10:00 159 Clark Tracy
51:12:00 321 Matthews Krista
51:12:00 398 Stevens Gillian
51:19:00 153 Campbell Bob
51:19:00 243 Jakob Franzi
51:34:00 581 Van Den Brink Erin
51:51:00 386 Smirle James
52:05:00 196 Finlay Rich
52:17:00 365 Porter Monique
52:24:00 351 Nicolson Scott
52:32:00 262 Keller Jennifer
52:32:00 263 Keller Dean
52:42:00 252 Johnston Shaun
53:18:00 244 James Brandy
53:45:00 691 Rogeis Will
54:03:00 198 Floe Katie
54:11:00 177 Dober Holly
54:44:00 306 MacIntosh Peter
54:44:00 310 MacIntosh Jack
54:48:00 140 Buckingham Koen
54:58:00 395 Steiger Michelle
55:00:00 115 Arendt John
55:12:00 328 Mckenzie Tricia
55:12:00 669 Wright Jenn
55:32:00 152 Campbell Trudy
55:46:00 307 MacIntosh Jeannette
56:01:00 200 Freeman Ashley
56:12:00 138 Buckingham Alana
56:12:00 141 Buckingham Ryann
56:18:00 285 Kosmack Mike
56:21:00 234 Hornillos Monica
56:27:00 256 Jones Brody
57:21:00 235 Horton Patricia
57:38:00 241 Jagger Brigham
57:44:00 323 McCaig Al
57:47:00 337 Mollo Dino
57:48:00 336 Mitchell Alex
58:08:00 296 Lawrenson Drew
58:32:00 299 Lewis Nancy
58:33:00 281 Lewis Delaney
58:34:00 128 Bird Jacquie
59:02:00 233 Hodge Colleen
59:07:00 297 Leardo Kristi
59:08:00 149 Bushuk Maddie
59:08:00 291 Kubek Jordan
59:32:00 102 Adam Frank
59:34:00 300 Lewis Stephen
59:34:00 301 Lewis Syd
59:41:00 371 Raitt Joel
60:07:00 242 Jagger Joanna
60:32:00 582 Van Den Brink Lisa
60:42:00 258 Kain Susan
60:43:00 250 Johnson Jack
60:44:00 180 Dolan Jeff
61:05:00 174 DaCosta Hillary
61:20:00 116 Aujla Sunny
61:44:00 375 Sanders Jody
61:55:00 571 Strom Kajsa
62:01:00 189 Eid Gloria
62:01:00 572 Strom Ã…sa
62:04:00 670 Wright Brody
62:11:00 671 Wright Max
62:22:00 257 Jung Angela
62:50:00 583 Varchol sandra
62:56:00 387 Smirle Allison
63:06:00 355 Obee Christine
63:35:00 130 Boland Keith
64:07:00 187 Eden Jen
64:08:00 229 Hawk Ryan
64:16:00 119 Baker Naomi
64:25:00 311 MacPherson Peter
64:25:00 312 MacPherson Isla
65:01:00 591 Webster Ralph
65:38:00 340 Murphy Patrick
65:40:00 341 Murphy Arlene
65:44:00 678 Zloty Maria
65:44:00 679 Zloty Jack
66:02:00 675 Zailo Angie
66:05:00 674 Zailo Deryk
66:07:00 240 Jaeger Devon
66:09:00 104 Agur Jessica
66:37:00 345 Myketyn Kyle
66:51:00 207 Gayler Patrick
66:55:00 237 Isaak Caroline
66:55:00 239 Isaak Lindsey
67:07:00 288 Krieger Marcus
67:22:00 316 Marshall Shayna
67:24:00 587 Waterman Geoff
67:26:00 385 Sielmann Henry
68:07:00 681 McCallim Julie
68:14:00 676 Zamecnik Martina
68:14:00 677 Zamecnik Anna
68:22:00 688 Felker Steph
69:05:00 598 Wiebe Christopher
69:13:00 272 Kerr Daniel
69:42:00 380 Huston Don
70:28:00 279 Kohan Kim
70:29:00 154 Campbell Tanya
70:33:00 347 Myketyn Eric
70:53:00 156 Cassidy Daniel
71:07:00 232 Hinchliffe Pamela
71:18:00 298 Lewis Robert
71:19:00 270 Kerr Alicia
71:20:00 135 Brookman Jennifer
71:21:00 271 Kerr Christopher
71:24:00 137 Bruneski Kurtis
71:28:00 361 Peterson Shelly
71:36:00 185 Eden Ryan
71:40:00 276 kitchen Ryley
71:41:00 575 Tamimi Dzaleh
71:50:00 213 Gove Patricia
72:00:00 191 Ethier Sheena
72:01:00 131 Borba Kevin
72:04:00 212 Gouldsborough Kaylan
72:07:00 584 Vogt Twyla
72:09:00 121 Barton Carol
72:14:00 362 Peterson Jeff
72:19:00 136 Brown spencer
72:20:00 164 Cook Chris
72:21:00 265 Keller Michael
72:24:00 322 Matthews Stephen
72:27:00 590 Webster Joanne
72:35:00 146 Bursinger Marie
72:35:00 186 Eden Sue
72:55:00 393 Stansfield Kim
72:57:00 210 Gordon John
73:05:00 129 Bloor Dylana
73:56:00 370 Racine Meaghan
73:56:00 694 Peek Maggie
74:10:00 699 Schurian Leah
74:20:00 280 Kappel Frank
74:22:00 593 Welsh Maureen
74:26:00 349 Nawata Denise
74:27:00 600 Wise Kim
74:29:00 278 Knowlton Trevor
74:36:00 176 de Marcos Terren
74:51:00 268 Kerr Brian
74:51:00 269 Kerr Kim
75:16:00 168 Curley Jonathan
75:18:00 161 Cogill Tully
75:25:00 247 Johnson Belinda
75:25:00 578 Truman Marla
75:36:00 326 McDonald Hannah
75:42:00 327 McDonald Christian
75:48:00 698 Bentley Scott
76:12:00 363 Petraroia Dom
76:15:00 173 Czerpak Megan
76:18:00 221 Guiry Caitlin
76:21:00 259 Kappel James
76:26:00 289 Kristensen Cori
76:27:00 108 Ainslie Jason
76:43:00 246 Jell Janine
76:44:00 260 Kappel Karen
76:45:00 201 Gartrell Pat
76:50:00 202 Gartrell Alexis
77:05:00 266 Kelly Deborah
77:07:00 356 Omichinski Alexis
77:39:00 179 Doell Jacqueline
77:40:00 318 Martens Justin
77:41:00 317 Martens Jenna
77:49:00 230 Hewer Jamie
77:52:00 222 Hague Charly
78:02:00 133 Breithaupt Trish
78:18:00 142 Buddingh Erik
78:22:00 162 Cogill Basil
78:23:00 203 Gay Bryan
78:25:00 206 Gay Sadie
78:56:00 283 Koot Eda
78:59:00 325 McDermid Linnaea
79:08:00 273 Kirbyson Linda
79:11:00 576 Thompson Sylvia
79:12:00 693 Smith Dwayne
79:41:00 155 Carleton Alison
79:47:00 205 Gay Janet
79:50:00 236 Ingram Anne
79:52:00 204 Gay Rick
80:03:00 211 Gosselin Kim
80:38:00 579 Turcotte Tracy
80:58:00 126 biggs patti
81:04:00 358 Penny Kathi
81:05:00 287 Krabbe Margie
81:16:00 392 Stahl Felicity
81:18:00 314 Mandziuk Glenn
81:18:00 315 Mandziuk Emma
81:33:00 292 Lafond Danyele
82:07:00 248 Johnson Kristen
82:08:00 394 Stead Jane
83:03:00 348 Myketyn Lauren
83:05:00 175 Daudlin Cara
83:14:00 673 Yonkers Brenda
83:16:00 374 Renyard Lorraine
83:17:00 369 Rabie Jennifer
83:18:00 597 Wickett Laurel
83:43:00 251 Johnston Tom
83:43:00 334 Micallef Christine
83:53:00 106 Agur Robin
83:56:00 105 Agur Andrea
83:59:00 254 Jones Ron
83:59:00 255 Jones Linda
84:33:00 151 Campbell Kathryn
84:52:00 181 Dougan Barbara
84:54:00 304 Lyle Bill
84:57:00 114 Archer Melanie
84:59:00 188 Edge Debbie
85:19:00 224 Harrison Libby
85:40:00 686 Guillemet Marcel
85:42:00 687 Guillemet Maggie
85:44:00 354 Wright Dianne
86:01:00 209 Goluboff Vanessa
86:03:00 208 Goluboff Dan
86:10:00 350 Neely Ryan
86:24:00 223 Hancharyk Jim
86:25:00 192 Evans Donna
86:33:00 690 Hofer Sam
87:24:00 685 Rasmussen Heidi
87:28:00 684 Rasmussen Nancy
88:23:00 577 Tremblay Cindy
88:27:00 190 Ellis Kyle
88:31:00 330 McKinley Kimber
88:32:00 319 Marth Holley
90:00:00 332 McNabb Sonja
90:15:00 580 Turk Cari
91:21:00 366 Powell Allison
91:22:00 117 Austin Susy
91:23:00 377 Schaerer Fontaine
92:01:00 163 Collis Dawn
92:03:00 293 Laidman Sandy
92:05:00 346 Myketyn Kathy
94:43:00 127 Binggeli Linda
95:01:00 218 Grieve Howard
95:01:00 219 Grieve Karen
96:50:00 320 Zorn Linsey
96:51:00 570 Zorn Lester
96:57:00 667 Fortin Roch
96:57:00 680 Fortin Luc
97:03:00 231 Hillock Susan
97:54:00 165 Coombe Gordon
97:56:00 357 Parr Sheryl
97:58:00 329 McKenzie Rhena
98:00:00 573 Szabo Michou
98:05:00 574 Szabo David
98:07:00 599 Wilson Susan
98:39:00 124 Bhatt Victor
98:54:00 193 Evans Sasha
98:57:00 697 Evans Brandy
98:59:00 695 Evans Patti
99:12:00 696 Evans Doug
99:14:00 384 Sibley Jennifer
100:59:00 286 Kovitz Jeff
101:57:00 368 Price Irene
101:58:00 284 Koppang Shauna
101:59:00 183 Dunn Patricia
103:50:00 220 Stewart Frank
103:59:00 125 Biagioni Glennie
105:38:00 333 Mealey Ken
105:49:00 282 Kolmatiski Michael
112:47:00 110 Anderson Cindy
112:50:00 585 Walker Wendy
112:53:00 338 Morgenstern Cheryl
114:40:00 197 Finley Donna
118:59:00 166 Coombe Karen
122:54:00 143 Burgart Gail
123:05:00 303 Lucier Heather
123:58:00 389 Somerton Nicole
124:07:00 112 Andrews Marci
124:07:00 147 Busch Bob
124:07:00 148 Busch Ujia
124:18:00 107 Agur Janice
124:18:00 388 Smith Dawn
124:18:00 245 Matthews Ellen
125:07:00 113 Andrews-Busch Hilary
127:42:00 215 Grant Beth
147:12:00 352 Nixon Christina
147:12:00 367 Prevost Sharon

 

We have awarded another prize draw based on hitting our +300 registrations!

Solara 1Solara Resort & Spa - 187 Kananaskis Way, Canmore, Alberta T1W 0A3

 

Summerlands Shaun Johnston is the recipient of our most recent registration Prize Draw.  Drawn from  over 300 registered participants Shaun has won 2 nights in a beautiful 2 bedroom Suite in Canmore Alberta.  Thank you to Darryl Hunter and the team a Solara for this wonderful prize and thank you to Shaun Johnston for supporting the race!

The Solara Resort and Spa in Canmore, Alberta has generously donated  overnight accommodation for 2 persons as our prize draw for achieving our registration target of 300 participants.

For more about the resort follow this link to their website:  http://www.solararesort.ca/

 

Two Bedroom Suite:

Two-bedroom suites feature one king or one queen-sized bed in each bedroom, plus a pull-out sofa in the living room.

Suites feature a gourmet kitchen, dining and living areas, wine fridge, a washer and dryer, fireplace, flat screen TV’s, private balcony/patio, a spa-inspired bathroom, over-sized windows, storage, underground heated parking, and complimentary wireless internet.

 

About the Resort:

Accommodations at Solara Resort & Spa

Stay in an incredible suite at Solara Resort & Spa and indulge in a luxury lodge ambiance that redefines the typical mountain retreat. All 1, 2 & 3-bedroom suites feature spa inspired bathrooms, full gourmet kitchens with granite counter-tops, custom cabinetry and state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances. Enjoy high-end details at every turn with cozy fireplaces, imported cork flooring, hand crafted natural wood, stone, leather and metal elements and over-sized windows that bathe the space in natural light, flat screen televisions and several pet-friendly options. View the wide variety of accommodation choices available to find the perfect one for your vacation.

 

Giants Head Grind – May 17th Weather Forecast

GHG May 17th Weather Report

Giants Head Grind Weather Report for May 17th

So far the best day in the next 14 day stretch  is …..May 17th…where  if you notice on the weather network photo there will be  Full Sun!  The forecast for the day is currently sitting at 20 Celsius with Full Sun,  perfect weather for the Giants Head Grind.

Thanks Chris….:)

Such a year…..

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Putting a Face on Cancer
The face of our Cancer
had blue eyes and dirty blond hair
an eyebrow splashed with white
a few lashes and a patch of hair the same

The face of our Cancer
was always up for mac and cheese
made a mean breakfast that usually involved hot sauce
wouldn’t pass on an ice cream sandwich or a good scotch

The face of our Cancer
loved frozen ice and the smell of the arena
always showed up early to the rink on game day
cheered for the leafs … not kidding… really cheered for the leafs

The face of our Cancer
read the instructions, knew all the rules, always had a plan
could make a game out of anything…even the mundane
believed winning wasn’t the only thing …it was everything

The face of our Cancer
got a tattoo when Canada won Olympic hockey double gold
added another after his own first Ironman
wasn’t able to add cancer survivor to the collection

The face of our Cancer
wasn’t much of a runner and then one day he was
didn’t like to swim until one day he did
found out that swim, bike, run was an amazing challenge

The face of our Cancer
would race into the house for late night leftovers
wouldn’t mind the same for breakfast the next morning
learned to cook so he could have what he wanted when he wanted

The face of our Cancer
saw more of the world than many, but not nearly enough
accomplished many things but had so much more left to do
was born more than a month late ….and died years to early

The face of our Cancer
was a brother, a nephew, a cousin an uncle
he was a friend, teammate, a partner and fiancée
the face of our cancer was our oldest son

What is the face of your Cancer?

Drum Role Please……300+ people are now registered!

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A great big thank you for assisting us in reaching our goal of 300 Registered Participants. As of midnight last night we were at 306…and there are a few people that have still asked to register today so we are going to close everything as of midnight tonight….

We wouldn’t be here without all of you taking the time to register and promote the Giants Head Grind and there are no words to express our appreciation.

Fund raising efforts have us at $12,500 so almost half way to our goal of $30,000 which we believe is achievable.

If you missed registration for this year..we will open registration on May 18th, 2014 for next years race which will be held on Saturday May 16th, 2015 we look forward to seeing you then..!

If you are interested in volunteering this year we still have some jobs available….please contact us at info@giantsheadgrind.com.