Charity trail ride set for May 9

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May 6, 2015 8:15 AM

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If you weren’t able to make it last year, here’s a second chance.

The 2nd Chance Trail Ride, which raises money for organ and tissue donation awareness, takes place on Saturday, May 9. The ride begins in Lindbergh, Alta. and travels along the historic Iron Horse Trail before finishing in Heinsburg, Alta.

“There’s camping down in Heinsburg and that’s where we end,” said Fae Irvine, event co-ordinator for the Trail Ride. “We’ve added a tent down through the Heinsburg hall where we eat the meal to accommodate more people.”

Last year’s ride drew 200 people and Irvine says that organizers are hoping to double that figure this year.

In addition to raising awareness, the 2nd Chance Trail Ride helps subsidize two apartments near the University of Alberta Hospital, where transplant recipients and their families can stay while recovering from the surgery.

As for the ride, participants may travel the trail either by horse or by wagon, and extra wagons will be available on site for those that don’t have access to either.

The ride takes between four and five hours and includes all three meals for the day. Riders can enjoy coffee and muffins before the ride, which starts around 11 a.m., a barbecue lunch at Middle Creek and dinner with some special guests at the end of the ride.

“We’ll have some speakers - Dr. Lori West does transplants on infants, we have Dr. Jackie Foord from the GoodHearts Foundation and we have Gary Hefner and his wife Dianne, who stayed in the apartments that we share with the (GoodHearts) people. They were one of the first people to stay there so he has a few words to say on it.”

The dinner portion of the event will also feature a live band and dancing, as well as a silent and live auction.

“Our big item this year is a fishing trip for two out to Sandspit Adventures in B.C.,” said Irvine.

Organizers hope to raise $60,000 at this year’s event, the fourth annual.

Preregistration will be available on Friday evening between 6 and 9 p.m., while day-of registration takes place Saturday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets for the ride cost $30, while evening-only tickets sell for $25.

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