Photo contributed by lisa jackson
2013 Pledge Ride North participants.
Harleys for health: the Breast Cancer Pledge Ride North ~Libby Stoker-Lavelle ~ On Sunday, August 3rd, northern bikers will ride to raise funds for an important cause. The Breast Cancer Pledge Ride North is a subgroup of the original Breast Cancer Pledge Ride, a project which started in Winnipeg in 2001. Lisa Rogers, organizer for the Pledge Ride North explains, “The Southern Breast Cancer Pledge Ride has raised over $600,000 to fight breast cancer in Manitoba. The money they have raised has purchased a third mobile mammography unit that travels throughout the prov-
ince, a van to transport the units, a molecular imaging system, upgrades to the mobile mammography units, wigs for the wig loan program and educational materials.” The fundraiser came north for the first time last year, and was a successful event, with over 40 motorcycles in the ride. This year’s event will include a poker run from the Gateway Convenience Store to Gyles Park, with a complimentary lunch supplied by the BCPRN at the park. There will be stops along the way to make card draws and
enjoy the scenery and the ride will conclude at the Rotary Wheel for an evening of musical entertainment. All funds raised by the Breast Cancer Pledge Ride North will go to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation to fight breast cancer in the province. Anyone who would like to help with this year’s ride or receive a pledge sheet can visit http://breastcancerridenorth.weebly.com or call Lisa Rogers at (306) 362-2979 or Paulette Wotton at (204) 271-2928.
Geocaching takes over Manitoba
~ Shirley Barbeau ~
~Libby Stoker-Lavelle ~
This summer, the Pas Arts Council will be presenting the second annual Gallery in the Garden, a self-guided tour of floral and vegetable gardens in and around the Town of The Pas. Musicians will perform in many of the gardens throughout the day, and the beautiful landscapes will also provide a backdrop for artists, crafters and bakers to showcase their talents. On Saturday July 26th, Andrew Legeny and Geoff Ings performed at last registered gardens will be year’s Gallery in the Garden open for visitors and residents to tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art featured in the gardens will include painting, silk scarves, drawings, ceramics, quilting, photography, stained glass, jewellery, wood-working, and home-made cards. To register, or for more information, contact Shirley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (204) 623-7035.
We all know that technology can lure us away from the great outdoors, but could technology actually help us get outside? Manitoba in Motion and Healthy Together Now are betting that it can, with their new joint initiative, the Geocaching Loaner Program. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game played throughout the world, where players try to locate hidden containers (geocaches) using GPS-enabled devices. The Geocaching Loaner initiative provides free kits to Manitoba communities, which include GPS units, a guide for leaders, and brochures for participants. Sharon Blady, minister of healthy living and seniors, notes, “We hope community groups will use geocaching as a way for people of all ages to be more active, learn new skills and experience being outdoors.” Interested? Contact your local regional health authority to find out how to borrow a geocaching kit. Find your local contact person at www.manitoba inmotion.ca/communities/geocaching_loaner_ program/
Photo courtesy of shirley barbeau
Second annual garden tour for The Pas
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