Rum­sey Ride for STARS aims sky high with $25,000 goal

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The Rum­sey Ride for STARS kicks off Sun­day, Au­gust 13, at the TL Bar Ranch near Rum­sey and Trochu.

As the long­est stand­ing STARS vol­un­teer fundraiser in Al­berta, this year has lots to of­fer.

“Most char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tions maybe only last five or six years as the shelf life but we’re kind of like the en­er­gizer bunny, we just keep go­ing and go­ing,” said Rob Rich­mond, the spokesper­son for the event. “It’s kind of the call­ing card of all the rides and all the char­ity fundrais­ers for STARS.”

The vol­un­teer fundraiser for STARS is con­sid­ered a ‘huge, huge event’ with the trail rides rak­ing in the most cash.

“The bulk of it is for the trail ride, they have it down at the ranch and Ricky and Jamie An­der­son and the Lynch’s and have done it for years now down there. De­pend­ing on the year there is usu­ally 100 or so rid­ers.

Tons of other func­tions are avail­able on the day of the an­nual Ride for STARS event like a spe­cial Ducks and Dogs demon­stra­tion from Jill Brodie, a quilt­ing prize raf­fle, and a silent auc­tion.

“My sis­ter has do­nated prob­a­bly 20 quilts over the years for the raf­fle,” said Rich­mond. “I mean there is so much stuff go­ing on that it’s ab­so­lutely crazy.”

A smor­gas­bord of food will let no one be­come hun­gry as a large lineup of well known lo­cal groups aid hunger pangs.

To kick­off the day, the Rum­sey vol­un­teer fire de­part­ment puts on a pan­cake break­fast fol­lowed by Gooch’s Gang hot­dog lunch from 12 to two p.m. Later on in the af­ter­noon from four un­til 6 p.m., Mary New­ton of the Coun­try Cook­ers puts on a beef sup­per. “I say it’s the best bar­be­cue beef sup­per around and I chal­lenge any­body to it,” Rich­mond ex­claimed.

A STARS booth will be set up for ev­ery­one to check out with lots of neat sou­venirs.

“They have peo­ple there and they’ll sell their swag and I heard they are go­ing to have lots of new stuff this year,” said Rich­mond.

Over $40,000 was raised last year alone for STARS with over $700,000 raised in the past 27 years. “That’s what makes it such a big thing is the vol­un­teers,” Rich­mond high­lighted. “It’s not just or­ga­niz­ers, it’s the peo­ple that come down and help out; the Rum­sey Ag So­ci­ety, the Rum­sey vol­un­teer fire de­part­ment, the Alix fire de­part­ment, and ev­ery­body else.”

The trail rides have been ded­i­cated to the Ride for STARS pres­i­dent Ernie God­dard for this year.

“We have all these great folks and vol­un­teers that have helped. Ernie has been the pres­i­dent for years – he still rides and is 80 plus years old,” said Rich­mond.

Each year as a fun tra­di­tion, a con­test is made for all the trail rid­ers. Prizes are awarded to both the youngest and the old­est.

“It’s a pretty cool thing,” Rich­mond.

If do­nat­ing money is not an op­tion, time cer­tainly can be the cur­rency. Rich­mond en­cour­ages folks to take part in the event by vol­un­teer­ing their time and en­ergy.

Keep up with up­com­ing videos cre­ated by Rich­mond. It can be found on their face­book page: https://www.face­book. com /24 th An­nual Ride For Stars/ said

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