By Marianne Curtis
The Steinbach Lions Club are thrilled that a dozen people joined their cause and helped raise $14,000 for the Lions Eye Bank during this year’s Journey for Sight.
Snowmobiles hit the trails in the southeast on January 18 as part of this year’s Journey for Sight. While traveling through various communities, the group collected pledges and donations from groups and individuals.
This year’s ride started in Mooselake on January 18 and ended in Brandon on January 23 where the money raised is presented to the Lions Eye Bank. In total, the local riders traveled 630 killometres by sled.
Sam Slobodesky, from the Steinbach Lions Club was pleased with the size of this year’s group of riders.
“We had twelve riders in our group for the whole trip from beginning to end and forty-eight sleds in total rode into Brandon,” stated Slobodesky. “Trail conditions were awesome out of Moose Lake till almost Marchand then it was rough with little snow till St. Pierre – it was sketchy for the support drivers but the snowmobilers had an awesome ride.”
Each year, for the past twenty-six winters, the Journey for Sight ride has taken place to raise money for the Lions Eye Bank.
“I just got the total of what was raised from the snowmobile ride which was $65,800,” added Slobodesky. “We are very happy with that number – it will surpass the totals from the 25 anniversary ride.”
Snowmobile riders from Northern, Central and Southern Manitoba will typically ride a minimum of 200 kilometers visiting various communities collecting pledges for the programs of the Lions Eye Bank.
Journey for Sight participants make a stop in South Junction to collect a check from the Pineland Lions Club.