Snowarama 2018 raises $7,300

The Mid-North Monitor - - Front Page - HE­LEN MOR­LEY

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.

PHOTO BY HE­LEN MOR­LEY/FOR THE MID-NORTH MON­I­TOR

Snow­mo­bile rid­ers line up for the 2018 Snowarama trail ride for Easter Seals.

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