By Marianne Curtis
The Steinbach Lions Club is thrilled with the response to this year’s Journey for Sight. From January 20 to 23, a dozen snowmobile riders took to the trails in southernManitobato raise funds for the Lions Eye Bank. This year’s ride was so successful; it managed to break a fundraising record for the local club.
Sam Slobodesky, on behalf of the Steinbach Lions Club is pleased with both the number of riders and the amount of money that was raised by the group.
“We had seventeen riders start off in MooseLake and Buffalo Point and come with us despite the bitter cold,” recalled Slobedesky. “The south eastern group raised $20,596 in pledges with a few more yet to come in which will put the group in excess of $21,000 – this is a record for this group.”
The group made several stops over the next few days where they collected pledges and were even joined by other riders. In total, the members of the Steinbach Lions Club participants traveled 630 kilometers by sled. At the end of the Journey for Sight, an impressive seventy sleds arrived at theBrandonAirportfor closing ceremonies and to present their pledges, Slobedesky added.
Each year, for the past twenty-seven winters, the Journey for Sight ride has taken place to raise money for the Lions Eye Bank. Since 1986 the Journey for Sight has raised over a million dollars for the Lions Eye Bank. The money is used to fund recovery, evaluation and distribution of eye tissue for transplantation, research and education.
A record seventeen snowmobile riders participated in the 2011 Journey for Sight with took place in the middle of January raised over $20,000.