Annual event benefits community

By Kassidy Christensen

March 2, 2017 12:00 AM

Cutters and carriages made their rounds in the Border City in support of cancer.
The 14th Annual Cutter Rally for Cancer took place Feb. 25 at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds with roughly 25 cutters, sleighs and horseback riders hitting the tracks for their chance to win a grand prize, all the while raising funds for the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation (LRHF).
The day long affair consisted of the rally, a parade of cutters, prize draws and a supper to wrap everything up.
Della Wist, chairperson of the Cutter Rally for Cancer Committee, said the committee had a goal to raise $5,000 to $6,000, all of which will go towards the LRHF.
“Around $5,000 to $6,000 would be excellent for this year,” Wist said.
“This is our 14th year doing it and so far we’ve raised over $100,000.”
The LRHF already knows exactly what the money will go towards, said Wendy Plandowski, CEO of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation.
“With the funds from today, we’re ecstatic to say that we are going to be purchasing a new state-of-the-art chair,” Plandowski said.
The chair, specifically a multifunction chemotherapy treatment chair, will be placed in the chemo ward of the Lloydminster Hospital, Plandowski said.
“We have been seeing an increase number of patients at the hospital receiving chemo, unfortunately, and we desperately need new chairs and additional chairs,” she said.
The chair will provide ergonomic relief to those receiving chemo treatment at the hospital, to which Plandowski said, “some people are in there for six hours at a time so it’s going to be a really great addition to the unit.”
For the activity portion of the event, participating teamsters in the rally had the choice of running a four or eight mile track, hitting five different checkpoints along the way and rolling five dice at the checkpoint, trying to get the highest possible score.
Tammy Hampel, committee member with the Cutter Rally for Cancer committee, explained it’s just like any other rally.
“It’s just like any other rally, skidoo rally, quad rally, we’ve got five different check points set up that the competitor will go to, roll a set of dice, not cards … and whoever get the highest score at the end of the day wins,” Hampel said.
The winner of the rally, Leo Oestreicher, who rolled a top dice score of 112, was given a choice in prizes between a Cutter supplied by Buzak Farms Inc., a harness package valued at $2,500 from Vern’s Harness Shop or $2,000 cash.
For Hampel, the event is something that is consistently marked on her calendar, and finds it important to raise funds for cancer because everybody knows someone affected by the disease.
“When we initiated the project and we had lost one of the members of the driving club to cancer … it was a pretty easy fundraiser to reach out to people with because they could connect to the whole cancer loss part of it,” Hampel said.
The rally is something Hampel thinks as a generational activity for families.
“This is an activity that grandpa teaches you and the kids still love going for a sleigh ride. It’s something you can bridge that gap with generations and make it a really family activity,” she said.

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