Prairie Women on Snowmobiles ride for cancer research

January 28, 2013 - 7:04am
Prairie Women on Snowmobiles ride stops in North Battleford in 2011.  Photo submitted.
Prairie Women on Snowmobiles ride stops in North Battleford in 2011. Photo submitted.

This year marks the 13th annual Prairie Women on Snowmobiles (PWOS) mission ride for breast cancer research.

All of the money raised through the event stays in Saskatchewan and is put towards breast cancer research.  PWOS started in 2000 when a cancer survivor and her friend decided to do something to bring forward more awareness and raise funds for breast cancer research.

“It was incorporated in 2000 with the first mission starting in 2001. We’ve been carrying that through since 2001 and every year at the end of January and the start of February we embark on another mission,” said Carole McKnight, president of PWOS.

“Our aim of the ride is, as always, to bring out the awareness of early detection, how important that is and breast self-exams, as well as to raise funds for the furthering research in the breast cancer field.”

Since 2000, PWOS has raised more than $1.8 million in support of breast cancer research as a non-profit organization

Last year’s mission raised $184,170 and the Canadian Cancer Society is always grateful for the support.

McKnight said they don’t set funding goals for the mission because it’s all about bringing awareness to the province around how important early detection is and how important that is for the survivor rate.

PWOS aim to raise as much funds as they can.

“Whatever we raise is more than we had when we started and we’re very happy and supportive of and thankful for the people who donate to the cause,” McKnight said.

2013’s PWOS mission

The 13th annual mission will kick off in Big River on Jan. 31 with the ride starting on the morning of Feb. 1.

McKnight explained they make several stops along their trek through the province and she’s encouraging everyone to come out and meet the team and make whatever donation you can.

The PWOS mission will have 10 riders, who each raised a minimum of $3,000 to be eligible to take part, along with the team of riders are three pit crew members and four support crew members.

“We’re going into some new territory down south by Moose Jaw and over to the Rosetown area and we’re just trying to spread the awareness out down south. But definitely we’ll be up in the Prince Albert area on February the 1st and looking forward to seeing everybody that comes out to meet us along our mission ride, wherever it takes us this year,” McKnight said.

The route they will take is on their website.

“Anybody visiting our website will be able to see where PWOS will be. We’ll also have a spot tracker on our website where you can go onto the link and see exactly where the riders are riding because one of the machines will have a spot tracker on it. Anybody who clicks onto the link will be able to see exactly where PWOS will be sledding at that particular time,” McKnight explained.

“We wouldn’t be as successful as we are without our corporate sponsors behind us and all of them are on our website. The supporters that we have out in front of us donating the funds and coming to see us every year, that’s what makes PWOS the success that it is and we appreciate both our corporate sponsors, as well as the sponsors out in front of us.”