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Annual breast cancer fundraiser brings in more than $26,000

Shuffling about to stave off -32 temperatures, dozens of ladies donning pink were preparing to hit the Straits trails for the 10th Annual Snowmobile Ride in aid of Breast Cancer Research, on March 10.

When word came down the snowmobiles roared to life and, in a flash, the Northern Motors parking lot in Flowers Cove was empty.

Zooming through the trails, the ladies, collecting snowmobilers for communities along the way, were heading for Thristy’s in Plum Point, where a big get together was about to get underway. At the same time snowmobilers from the south of Plum Point were en route as well.

But you didn’t have to be a snowmobiler to take part in the event, other fundraisers choose to walk, snowshoe or participate in other ways. Some 430 fundraisers took part in the event. The ladies gathered to remember loved ones lost to cancer, attend a heart-wrenching presentation from Port Saunders cancer survivor Jen House, and chat over a meal and prize draws.

In total the ladies raised $26,660.90. The top three fundraisers were: Marie Hughes of Green Island Brook, $5,000; Doreen Noseworthy of Green Island Brook, $1,827; and Patty Crane of Flowers Cove, $1,602.

A culmination of the past 10 years has seen the snowmobile ride raise a total of $131,743.21 for breast cancer research.

Needless to say organizers are continuously amazed over how much area support the ride receives.

Co-organizer Donna Grimes said she was blown away by the recent event.

“This is my last time with (organizing) the snowmobile ride and it truly went above and beyond my expectations,” said Grimes. “It was quite an emotional day for me because the support was just unbelievable. We had ladies from all over out there fundraising and the businesses from all over the west coast donating prizes.”


10 years riding

Patsy Hughes, from Green Island Brook, is one of a number of people to have taken part in the event since its inception.

She does so because it’s such a near and dear cause.

“My sister had breast cancer and she’s a survivor. I also have a few friends who are survivors, so I wanted to get out and show my support,” said Hughes.

She said her community had the two top fundraisers this year and support for the cause is really strong.

“Even ladies that don’t take part in the ride show their support with prizes or helping in anyway they can,” she said.

Mona Gould, from Bear Cove, has also taken part in the event for the last 10 years. While she isn’t a snowmobiler, Genge feels compelled to do her part.

“It’s fantastic,” Gould said. “It’s such a great cause.”

Looking back, she said, it’s great to see the fundraiser come this far and raise so much money.

Gould said Bear Cove ladies always did their part by making quilts and holding ticket sales on them. The community also provides a prize to be handed out during the dinner.

“Bear Cove is a pretty small community, but I’d say over the last five years we have contributed close to $5,000 towards the ride.”

Both ladies said they would continue to do their part for as long as they can. As for Grimes, while she feels its time for others to take over the organizing reins, she’ll more than gladly join the ladies in taking to the trails for a worthwhile cause

Organizations: Northern Motors, Jen House

Geographic location: Flowers Cove, Plum Point, Port Saunders

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