2011 Positive STEPS Walk-a-Thon & Barbeque September 10
Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, and Yorkton
This year's Walk-a-Thon was a huge success! With the support of our sponsors and the extraordinary work of our chapters we were able to raise close to $30,000.
A big thanks goes out to our chapters and their members as they worked many hours preparing for the walk and collecting pledges.
Their dedication to the cause of acquired brain injury is what keeps SBIA going.
With the help of WestJet, SBIA was able to offer the highest pledge earner for the province two WestJet tickets. This year’s Grand Prize winner was Randy Britton of Regina!
20 people came out for the Walk-a-thon and BBQ at Kinsmen Park.
They raised about $3000 at the Walk.
Ernie Heit was remembered at the event. He had been one of the key organizers of the Walk-a-thon for years and his absence was noticed. Over $2000 was donated to the PA Support Chapter in his memory after his passing earlier in summer.
Over 100 people enjoyed a perfect day in Regina's Wascana Park for the 9th Annual Positive STEPS Walk-a-thon and set a fundraising record raising more than $12,000! That is double last year's total.
Top pledge earner was Randy Britton who received the Grand prize of two Westjet tickets and vowed to raise even more next year. He was closely followed by Gord Fisher, a remarkable survivor who raised over $1700 going door to door. Other top money earners were Kyla and Dodie Seebach and Monica Wall.
Participants were entertained during the BBQ by the musical stylings of Ron Keck and Colby Nargang.
Thanks to Nelson Bird, our MC and to the Saskatchewan Roughrider cheerleaders who led the warm up and the walk. Dignataries included:
- Dr Gordon Barnhart, Lieutenant governor
- Ray Boughen, Conservative MP, Palliser
- Ralph Goodale, LiberalMP, Wascana
- Christine Tell, MLA, Regina Wascana Plains. Saskatchewan Party
- Trent Wotherspoon, MLA for Regina Rosemont, NDP
- Micheal Fougere, Councillor Ward 4, Regina
- Larry Carlson, President Brain Injury Association of Canada
Saskatoon had 50 walkers and supporting family & friends. We raised more than $8500 in pledges, our top three fundraisers were Lora Solvason-$1900, Tobia Quiring-$1600 and Adam Gervais-$1200. We had Doug Lett, CTV News Director as our Master of Ceremony, and Minister Lynne Yelich as our special guest. CTV was also there to film our event and do a few interviews.
This year was the first time Saskatoon offered a 3 km outdoor walk as an alternative to walking indoors on the track. It was a beautiful day and many walkers took advantage of walking outside. As always the venue was fabulous and the Solvason family hosted the BBQ indoors at the Saskatoon Field House cafeteria. We met two new survivors that will be joining our walking program on a regular basis.
Thanks for all the hard work of the Saskatoon committee.
This is the second time Yorkton has played host to the Walk-a-Thon, and this year was a bigger success than last.
About 20 people came out to the Gloria Hayden Community Centre where the participants raised $1,166. This is almost double what was raised the year before!
We had a beautiful day for it! Sixteen people participated in it this year. We purchased all our food with a 15% discount, GX 94 donated the use of their bbq/grill for cooking. We also had some donations for prizes. It was a wonderful day for everyone!
The Yorkton Chapter would like to thank the great community support they had, and thank all those that helped make this year's walk a success.