Swift Current's Central School raised a record amount of $13,594.23 for Telemiracle 42 through a variety of fundraising projects and donations received from the community. The school choir and bucket drummers performed at Telemiracle 42 on March 4, when music teacher Celia Hammerton and choir members made a formal cheque presentation on stage. The choir received a rousing send-off at the school during a pep rally on March 2. A highlight of the rally was the duct taping of Principal Angela Schindel and Vice-principal Mark Reiter to the gymnasium wall. Both of them were taped to the wall after students achieved the goal to raise $2,000 in the duct tape fundraising challenge for Telemiracle. Another large donation from Swift Current was made on stage at Telemiracle 42 by the Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinette Club, which presented a cheque of $17,420.49. The money was raised through various events in the city in support of Telemiracle. This year's 42nd annual telethon achieved a new fundraising record of $7,151,256 that will be used to assist Saskatchewan residents to acquire special needs equipment and to access medical treatment.

 

Families enjoyed outdoor activities on a bright winter's day during a fun community event to kick of the annual Ability Bowl fundraiser in Swift Current. The SaskAbilities Swift Current branch hosted the 2018 Ability Bowl Winter Kickoff at ACT Park, Feb. 25. The event featured sled bowling, snow zumba, ice skating and horse wagon rides, while participants could take a break to enjoy chili and hot chocolate. This is the second year that the event was held to start the fundraising activities for and to raise awareness about the upcoming Ability Bowl. The 31st annual Ability Bowl in Swift Current will take place on April 21 and this year's fundraising goal is $75,000. Each Ability Bowl has a theme to add more fun to the day and teams can dress for the event to fit in with the theme. This year the beach will be coming to the bowling alley with the theme Beach Bowl. Swift Current ACT/UCT was the major sponsor of the kickoff event on Feb. 25. Club representatives were in attendance for a cheque presentation of $500 for the kickoff and the organization is also supporting the Ability Bowl with a donation of $2,500. Other sponsors of the Winter Kickoff were ServiceMaster, KIVA, Smoke Shack and Pebble Ridge Percherons.

 

A large crowd of about 250 people attended the 14th annual Field of Dreams sports dinner at the Legion Hall in Swift Current, Feb. 24. The event featured Toronto Blue Jays legends Jesse Barfield and Willie Upshaw, who played for the team during the 1980s. Right fielder Barfield recorded over 1,200 hits and 241 home runs during his 12- year Major League Baseball career. He received the Rawlings Gold Glove Award twice for his fielding performances. First baseman Upshaw made over 1,000 hits and recorded 123 home runs during his career. In 1983 he became the first Blue Jays player to reach 100 RBIs in a season. The two men participated in a question and answer session with emcee Ryan Switzer and also fielded questions from audience members. They spoke about the players they played with and against, their time as players in Canada, and they shared their views on today's game. A live and silent auction took place during the evening. The sports dinner is an important fundraiser for the Swift Current 57's baseball club. Field of Dreams Committee Chair Brad Woods said some of the funds from the event will be used to upgrade the batting cages and for other club expenses, for example uniforms for players.

 

Swift Current Skateboarding Inc. (SCSI), a non-profit organization that was officially launched last fall, held its first skateboard competition at the Lt. Colonel Clifton Centre, Feb. 24. Contestants competed in three categories, based on skill levels. The event provided participants with an opportunity to have some fun in a friendly atmosphere. SCSI hosts a skateboard night every Thursday evening at the Lt. Colonel Clifton Centre from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Below are the results from the SCSI skateboard competition:

Beginner: 1st Raeya Hartley, 2nd Jude Pritchard, 3rd Peydence Hartley; Intermediate: 1st Tyson Huxted, 2nd Jasper Toye, 3rd Jaden Toye; Advance/Open: 1st Mario Villeneuve, 2nd Taylor Wotypka, 3rd Nick Desloges; Best Wipeout: Griffin Funk; Best use of Park: Jeremy Brumwell.

 

The 8th annual Cramer Ag Expo took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current, Feb. 22. The event is an opportunity for producers to interact with a variety of agricultural suppliers. There were 110 booths at this year's event and 88 exhibitors participated in the expo, with the larger exhibitors using multiple booths. As in previous years the event was well attended and a total of 500 lunch tickets were sold. A highlight of the expo is the Cramer Cup competition series with awards for entrants in the egg grading and hog carcass competitions. The top five hog carcasses were auctioned for charity and the grand champion hog from Smiley Hutterite Colony was sold for $3,500. The charity fundraising auction at the event raised a total of $17,800. A variety of organizations benefited from the auction, including STARS Ambulance, the Salvation Army and Kids Help Phone. The beneficiaries of this year's donation of fresh pork from Hutterite colonies were the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Salvation Army branches in Regina and Swift Current.

 

Several local authors were featured at the Write Out Loud Local Writers Night at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Feb. 21. Grade 11 student Robin Matisho started the evening by reading some of her poems and a short story. She participated in last summer's Sage Hill Teen Writing Program in Swift Current and she is already a published author, with one of her works recently included in a book of short stories by young Canadians. She is currently working on a novel series. Saskatoon resident Rachel Laverdiere, who was born and raised in Swift Current, read from her new collection of short stories, which will be published soon, as well as a short non-fiction piece. Tina-Marie Letwiniuk, the current president of the Prairie Quills Writers Group in Swift Current, read a number of extracts from her writing while speaking about discovering her inner writer voice. She encouraged audience members to discover their own writer voice and to focus on writing for themselves. Stormchaser and severe weather photographer Craig Hilts spoke about his goal to tell a story through images and he read excerpts from his recently published book “Living Skies” about the dynamic skies and weather in Saskatchewan. The next Write Out Loud event on March 21 will feature fiction writer and poet Dave Margoshes and the musical entertainment will be provided by Corinne Newton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.

 

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