By Marianne Curtis
In a matter of days, the first Wild Pink Yonder trail ride to take place on Manitoba soil will kick off and make its way to a community near you.
On September 10, a group of riders and their horses dressed in pink will hit the trail for three weeks. Wild Pink Yonder Charitable Society is a not-for-profit organization that raises money 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 will kicks off September 10 in Morden and meander through the region until the final stop October 1 in Birds Hill Park. The trail will cover about 265 miles and bring the group through twenty-eight communities.
After months of hard work and planning, Glover is more than ready to hit the road.
“I am looking forward to finally hitting the road – I am so excited to see what every community has planned,” Glover added. “Our goal is to paint Manitoba pink one town at a time while raising money for breast cancer research.”
The Wild Pink Yonder will consist of up to 30 riders per day who 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.
Along the route, communities have been getting involved with fundraisers to both host the riders and donate to Cancer Care Manitoba. Some communities will host the riders by giving them a safe place to camp for the night, feed the group and provide entertainment.
As part of the event, the organization is hosting the Pinkest Little Town in Manitoba contest. The winning town is the one that raises the most money (per capita) for Wild Pink Yonder and that, quite literally, turns itself the pinkest. Our winner receives a free music concert plus bragging rights in the form of two 7’6” x 3’6” highway signs that proclaim that town to be the Pinkest Little Town that year.
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.