Tuesday, February 1, 2011  
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Quote of the Week
“We need to protect and conserve the water in the area.”
- Dale Paton  
- Conservation Biologist   


Several local residents, organizations and businesses have signed on as part of the local “Pinkest Little Town in the West” committee, in preparation for the Wild Pink Yonder trail ride in support of breast cancer research.
At a meeting held at the MDM Community Complex last Wednesday, January 26th, local residents, Lions clubs, Legions, Devon, and the Crowsnest Pass Agricultural Society and Kananaskis Rodeo Association got on board with the initiative.
“It’s awesome, it’s like a little snowball started rolling down the mountain,” said committee member Tracey Linderman. “We have a lot of people on board.”
The group, which is run independently from the Municipality, will meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room 11 on the second floor of the MDM.
The main focus for the next few months will be looking into various fundraising methods, according to Linderman.
“We’re just in the beginning stages and have a lot of work to do,” she said.
The first fundraiser took place this past Saturday, January 29th at the annual Crow Snow Riders Poker Rally.
All participants in the snowmobiling event paid a $5 fee per hand, and all proceeds were donated to the Pinkest Little Town fund.
The Pinkest Little Town in the West is a contest that each of the communities involved in the Wild Pink Yonder ride partake in, where they attempt to raise the most money per capita, while also decorating with and wearing more pink than any other community on the ride.
The Wild Pink Yonder ride was started in 2009 by breast cancer “victor” Jane Hurl, after she learned she was going to be a grandmother.
She decided she had to take action in order to secure a future without the disease, not only for her granddaughters, but for all women.
“I don’t want my granddaughters to ever have to stare down the barrel of that gun,” said Hurl, who was first diagnosed with the disease in 2006.
In 2009, Hurl recruited dozens of riders who together raised approximately $55,650 in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
In 2010, twice as many riders participated, travelling 550 kilometres on horseback from Waterton Lakes National Park to Edmonton, after visiting 23 communities and raising $75, 112 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation along the way.
This year, the ride will begin with the Coleman “Wild Pink Fandango” on August 13th, and end in Fultonvale on September 3rd.
After Coleman, Blairmore and Bellevue, the ride will move on to Lundbreck, Pincher Creek, High River, Longview, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Millarville, Bragg Creek, Water Valley, Cremona, Sundry, Caroline, Rocky Mountain House, Breton, Warburg, Thorsby, Calmar, Devon, Leduc and finally Fultonvale, after roughly 530 kilometres and 22 days on horseback.
This year will also be the first year the riders will participate in a ride in Manitoba, which will take place from September 9th to October 1st.
Hurl said she hopes that through fundraisers like these, she will eventually see the day when women not only survive breast cancer, but escape it entirely.
The next meeting for the Crowsnest Pass Pinkest Little Town committee will be held on February 16th at 7 p.m. at the MDM.
“If anybody is still interested in getting involved, we would love to have them,” said Linderman.
For more information, or to get involved, contact Kim Schultz at 403-564-4745.
For more information on the Wild Pink Yonder ride, visit www.wildpinkyonder.com.
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