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Story and Photos By Jai Rakic

Victoria, (ISN) – On Saturday June 9th the MS Kick for the Cure held their annual ten-hour marathon soccer game. The event was hosted at Hampton Park, and raised over $76,000 to help heighten awareness, raise funds and ultimately find a cure for those suffering from multiple sclerosis.

This was the MS Kick for the Cure’s seventh annual marathon soccer game and as usual it was enjoyed and attended by supporters of all age groups. Kevin and Darcie James, created the fundraiser event in 2006 and have since raised over $400,000 for the cause.

The ten-hour adult game for ages fourteen and up kicked off at 8am and was played by roughly 80 keen soccer players including Canadian women’s national team players Emily Zurrer and Carmelina Moscato.

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A participant and supporter of the cause, winds up for a cross during the 2012 MS Kick for the Cure (Photo by Jai Rakic – ISN)

The players were split up into two teams and then four different line-ups in each team, who each rotated shifts to give players the chance to rest their weary legs. There were also several other games for younger players aged between five and thirteen.

As well as the excitement of the soccer game, there was a BBQ for the supporters and players, a jumping castle for the children and a silent auction.

The $76,238.50 raised this year was a record high for the organisation, and is proof of how much the event has grown since raising $17,500 in their early beginnings back in 2006.

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