Snowarama 2018 raises $7,300
The 40th Annual Espanola-North Shore Snowarama has surpassed last year’s fundraising efforts with an impressive total of $7,300.
This year, 28 riders came out on a cool, snowy day to show their support for Easter Seals and have a fun ride to the Back Home Bistro in Massey. The registration took place Sunday, Feb. 11 between 9 and 10 a.m. at Tim Hortons in Espanola.
Carmen Bazinet, regional administrator for Easter Seals, was there to register each rider and present them with a hat, a cloth patch memento, $5 gift card from Tim Hortons, and a thank you note for their support.
Ambassador Ricky Dixon was present as well, representing the face of Easter Seals and enjoying a Timmies muffin. His family was there with Ricky to help him enjoy the festivities. His mother Amber, joked with him that he had to share his special day with her as she was also celebrating her birthday.
Thirty people showed up for the event, with 28 of them riding out on their machines. The ride got underway a few minutes after 10 a.m. One couple was quite disappointed when their sled refused to start, but decided to salvage some of the day by doing some shopping therapy at Giant Tiger.
Linda Vanier was one of the riders who was happy to be back on the trail. That was her fifth time out. She was also concerned about her machine since the battery had been giving her some trouble. To be on the safe side she took the precaution of bringing along her mechanic.
Vanier mentioned that she was proud to support Snowarama since the money benefits physically challenged children in the community. As the grandmother of eight-year-old Tyler Leduc, she has firsthand knowledge of the equipment special needs children require.
She says Tyler was born with cerebral palsy and also has seizures. He has needed a number of mobility equipment and specialized furniture over the years including a bathtub lift, walker, stander, bed, chair and special stroller.
She explained that the stander is used by Tyler from 45 minutes to an hour daily to help him stand and strengthen his legs. Her daughter Angele and Tyler currently live in Sudbury where he can more readily access the care required for his condition.
Other riders included Ian and Gisele Karvonen, who found it too warm to stay indoors for long and Theresa Land, who has raised a lot of money for the event over the years.
This year, Land says she was happy to let others do the organizing work while she concentrated her efforts on fundraising. She was also looking forward to the ride itself, especially the luncheon at Back Home Bistro.
More than one rider mentioned that the food was exceptional. Gisele made sure to bring along a camera to take a photo of the riders and any other momentous events of the day.
Snowmobile riders line up for the 2018 Snowarama trail ride for Easter Seals.