By Marianne Curtis
Horse lovers and riding enthusiasts are invited to hit the trail for three weeks this fall when the first ever Manitoba Wild Pink Yonder makes its way throughout the region while raising funds for breast cancer research.
Pam Glover and a volunteer committee have been making her rounds to various communities along the route to gather community support and volunteers. The ride which started three years ago in Alberta will kick off September 10 in Morden will meander through the region until the final stop October 1 in Birds Hill Park. The trail covers 265 miles and brings the group through 28 communities.
“Our goal is to raise money for research with the final goal to find a cure for breast cancer,” explained Glover. “Anyone over twelve can participate in the ride but we are hoping that communities along the trail will support us in whatever way possible.”
The Wild Pink Yonder can accommodate up to 30 riders per day and anyone over the age of 12 can participate. Riders can join at any point and travel either a few miles or as long as they want as long as they raise at least $200 per day they are on the ride.
Glover, who has volunteered in the Alberta rides has a personal reason for taking on this momentous event.
“After I lost my stepdaughter Shannon to breast cancer I went looking for a way to help,” Glover shared. “Shannon was very big on doing the walks and the runs – she knew it wouldn’t help her but was determined to try to help others. Instead of whining about needing a cure, I decided to take a cue from her and do something.”
Communities can get involved by raising funds which are designated for Cancer Care Manitoba. Some communities will be asked to host the riders by giving them a safe place to camp for the night, feed the group and provide entertainment.
“Those that are the most fund are when the entire community is involved in making our stay as PINK as possible,” she added. “In Alberta, many people have said they have never seen their towns pull together for any event as they did for Wild Pink Yonder. I can see that happening in towns here in Manitoba already. In many, fundraising has already started and many of the towns are also planting pink flowers in their town planters this summer.”
Communities along the trail where the group will be making either lunch or overnight stops include Niverville, Ile Des Chenes, Landmark, Otterburne, St. Pierre, La Rochelle, St. Malo, Grunthal, Kleefeld, New Bothwell, Blumenort, Steinbach, La Broquerie, Richer, Ste. Anne, Lorette, Dugald and Oakbank.
Volunteers are desperately needed in a variety of areas either in communities or on the ride itself. Anyone interested in participating can visit the www.wildpinkyondermanitoba.com for more information.
Trail Boss Jane Hurl, her son Rusty and Pam Glover worked so well together in Waterton Lake, Alberta that they are bringing the successful Wild Pink Yonder fundraising ride for breast cancer to Manitoba.