The two events under the banner of the Alberta Wish Ride in 2016 mean the Children's Wish Foundation will be able to bring smiles to more seriously ill children and their families
Co-founders Irene White and Roger Matas are extremely pleased with the rides this year. The local organizing groups were fantastic; the riders all had fun and came back safe and, best of all, they are able to donate $48,500 to the Children's Wish Foundation to help more children and their families.
This was the eighth year for the Alberta Wish Ride and this year's donation takes the event to close to $350,000 in donations to Children's Wish.
This year's events were in Taber and Cypress Hills at the Historic Reesor Ranch. The number of riders and the amount of pledges were down slightly, but that's to be expected in the current economic climate. Two beautiful custom saddles were awarded, designed by Saddle It Up in Lethbridge.
Irene and Roger also announced they are stepping down from the Alberta Wish Ride. After 8 years and 14 events for the ride, they said it's time to take a break. They both spend a great deal of time volunteering with a number of worthwhile organizations.
They are retiring the event name as well as the logo, but hope the spirit of the event will continue. The Alberta Wish Ride has always been a legacy to Irene's father Walter who ran rides in B.C. for many years. The Alberta Wish Ride was a spin-off from Walter's events.
Andrea Slofstra, who organized the ride in Cypress Hills this year, is already on board for another year. Other rides will be coordinated through the provincial Children's Wish Foundation office.
Irene said it's been a great 8 years and thanked all the wonderful volunteers, supporters and riders for making it so successful.
Thank you for supporting the Alberta Wish Ride and Alberta families.
You can find photos from the Taber event here.
Photos from the Ride at historic Reesor Ranch can be found here.