The ninth annual Cypress Hills Wish Ride brought in a record breaking $37,000 at the Historic Reesor Ranch on Sept. 12.
The Wish Ride brings local horseback riding enthusiasts together to raise funds for children diagnosed with a critical illnesses.
“Wishes are still happening during the pandemic. We’ve seen a lot of families choose item wishes like gaming computers and camping trailers rather than travel right now,” said April Stallings, southen Alberta resource development manager for Make-A-Wish, “Wishes are more important than ever as they bring hope, joy and anticipation to children that really need their wishes during these extraordinary times.”
Participants spend months collecting pledges from friends, family and local businesses prior to the event, as the release reads.
Local chair Ron Edwards drummed up sponsorship support
In addition, Ron Edwards, the local event chair, received sponsorship support from local companies and helped garner the record total and to ensure the number of wishes would be granted.
“COVID-19 has significantly impacted the donations received by Make-A-Wish so the event comes at a critical time,” reads the release.
The 2021 Cypress Hills Wish Ride is slated for Sept. 11 at the Historic Reesor Ranch. Those interested can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.