By Marianne Curtis
While the Wild Pink Yonder meandered its way throughout the region, communities rose to the occasion by planning a variety of fundraisers or events that ensured that the first annual event was a huge success.
On September 10, a group of riders and their horses dressed in pink hit the trail for three weeks regardless of the heat, wind, cold, rain and even frost. Along the trails the group was joined by police officers, businessmen, musicians, youngsters and anyone who was interested in raising funds for breast cancer research.
The ride officially kicked off Morden and meandered through the region until the final stop October 1 in Birds Hill Park. The trail covered about 265 miles and saw the group riding through twenty-eight communities.
Pam Glover wants to thank each community and the many volunteers and participants that made the first annual Wild Pink Yonder ride in Manitoba so successful.
Along the route, communities stepped forward and organized events including concerts, meals and accommodations for the livestock and riders. Most events also included a cheque presentation for Cancer Care Manitoba with money that was raised locally through inventive fundraisers.
Francisco De Santiago was one of the many riders that participated in the ride.
“I don’t know how many miles I have hauled my horses, but it has been a blast,” stated De Santiago.
As part of the event, the organization is hosting the Pinkest Little Town in Manitoba contest. The winner was chosen because they raised the most money (per capita) for Wild Pink Yonder and literally, turns itself the pinkest. The community received 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 visited included Niverville, Ile Des Chenes, Landmark, Otterburne, St. Pierre, La Rochelle, St. Malo, Grunthal, Kleefeld, New Bothwell, Blumenort, St. Adolphe, Giroux, Steinbach, La Broquerie, Richer, Ste. Anne, Lorette, Dugald and Oakbank.
The community of St. Malo welcomed the Wild Pink Yonder trail riders with open arms on September 21. The St. Malo and District Chamber of Commerce presented a cheque to the association for $1518.29.