Three trucks from Swift Current joined trucks from Saskatoon for Special Olympics Saskatchewan’s 11th annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy in Regina, Sept. 9. It was the first time since the start of this fundraising event that Swift Current became a location for the official convoy kickoff. In previous years the convoy travelled from Saskatoon to Regina. The three trucks from Swift Current was joined by about 20 trucks in Moose Jaw. A similar number of trucks travelled from Saskatoon and a total of 41 trucks participated in the final celebration event at the Turvey Centre in Regina, which included a barbeque, entertainment and a truck pull. The event raised over $23,500 for Special Olympics Saskatchewan. Swift Current Special Olympics athlete Harold Robinson (pictured in yellow t-shirt) was the largest individual fundraiser for the event. He raised $1,700 in pledges and received the honour of travelling in the convoy’s lead truck, which was from Austin’s Courier in Swift Current.

 

Eight teams got wet and muddy to help raise funds for health care in southwest Saskatchewan at the 1st annual New Family Chiropractic Fun Muddy Mayhem in Swift Current, Sept. 7. A total of 44 people completed the 15 stations along the obstacle course, which included challenges such as pulling an ambulance, carrying sandbags, swinging on monkey bars, climbing a wall, and crawling through mud. The event was organized by the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation and raised a total of $7,200. This amount included entry fees, sponsorship, and a $1,000 donation. Proceeds will go towards the upcoming Radiothon fundraising goal of $147,000. The Radiothon takes place on Nov. 2 and 3 and funds will be used to renew maternity equipment at the Cypress Regional Hospital.

 

 

Saskatchewan Abilities Council Awareness Week was celebrated in Swift Current, Sept. 3-9. The week was an opportunity to raise awareness for individuals with disabilities, to engage the community and to celebrate the ability in all people. The City of Swift Current officially proclaimed the week at a regular council meeting, Aug. 28. A flag raising ceremony took place at City Hall, Sept. 5. There was a large turnout for the community barbeque at Market Square, Sept. 7. The barbeque was attended by about 350 people and raised over $2,000 for programs and services at the Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. An open house and celebration of the recent renovations at the Swift Current branch took place on Sept. 8.

 

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Swift Current SPCA Pooch Plunge, Sept. 4, 2017

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Dogs and their owners had a fun time at the Fairview Pool in Swift Current during the Swift Current SPCA's Pooch Plunge, Sept. 4, which took place in partnership with the City of Swift Current's Aquatic Department. All proceeds from this end-of-season dog swim will go to the Swift Current SPCA.

 

The farming community south of Swift Current came together to support a Harvest for Kids project that raised funds to give opportunities to children in developing countries to attend camping programs. A total of 27 combines participated in the harvest of swathed canola on the Hildebrand family farm about 30 kilometres south of Swift Current, Sept. 4. Harvest for Kids will have five local harvest projects for 2017 in Saskatchewan and one in Manitoba. This was the first time a Harvest for Kids project took place in the Swift Current area, and it set a record for the number of combines at a local harvest project in Saskatchewan. Funds from Harvest for Kids projects are used to support the activities of Children’s Camps International (CCI), an evangelical, non-denominational organization that has been doing children’s camping ministry since 2003. CCI is currently running camping programs in five countries – Brazil, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Kenya and Mexico. Flags from these countries were tied to the combines when they arrived for the harvest event at the Swift Current project.

 

The 5th annual Young Ranchman’s All Breeds Livestock Show took place in Swift Current, Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. The event started on Aug. 31 with the public speaking competition in the training centre at the Pattison Agriculture dealership. The remaining activities over the next three days took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park. The event drew participants from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. There were 145 registered participants and 179 class entries, while 197 head of cattle were stalled in the barns for the event. Young Ranchman's is aimed at youth up to the age of 21 years with an interest in livestock and agriculture. It provides them with an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge through showmanship and team grooming competitions. They can also show their creativity by submitting entries for the art and photography contests, and there are also educational workshops. The show includes the Little Ranchers program with learning opportunities in a fun environment for children eight years and younger. They learned about livestock and farm safety, and this year they also received information about the beef production chain. The Southwest Classic Steer Show, an open entry prospect steer show, also took place during the weekend, and there was a conformation show for different breed classes on the final day of the event.

 

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