The Prairie Women on Snowmobiles is a non-profit organization, which focuses on raising awareness of cancer – specifically breast cancer. Through a common hobby of snowmobiling, the participating riders raise funds for breast cancer research. Over 18 years they’ve raised nearly $2.5 million.
“In the past four years over $150,000 has also been raised for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency which has been used to purchase equipment for medical facilities in Saskatchewan,” the Prairie Women on Snowmobiles website states. “The group was formed when two friends, one a breast cancer survivor, asked her friend to snowmobile across Saskatchewan to raise funds for breast cancer research. Together the two planned, organized and implemented PWOS. The goal since inception is to have this Mission go across Saskatchewan each and every year to raise the funding for breast cancer research.”
Ten volunteer snowmobilers partake in the event each year making their way through various cities and towns over six days and 1,400 kilometres.
“Volunteerism is the whole picture of PWOS women dedicating their time, resources, and sleds to help make the Missions so successful,” the website explains.
This year they will be kicking off their event in Regina on Saturday, Feb. 3, with riding beginning on Sunday, Feb. 4. They will be going through local communities including Kipling, Kisbey, Kenosee Lake, Redvers, Carnduff, Oxbow, Arcola, Lampman, and Stoughton.
Organized for Tuesday, Feb. 6, is a fundraiser and banquet being hosted by the Moose Mountain Snowmobile Club. The event is being hosted at the Kenosee Inn with doors opening at 6 p.m., followed by a roast beef supper at 6:45 p.m. There will be local entertainment, a silent auction, and raffle items available as well as the opportunity to meet the ladies riding with Prairie Women on Snowmobiles.
Tickets are only available in advance and can be found at Kenosee Inn, Arcola Building Supplies, Moose Mountain Leisure, from Paul Ficken at McMillan Motor Products, or from Troy Foster at Foster’s Audio and Video.