The Prairie Women on Snowmobiles (PWOS) have had another successful mission.
Every year the PWOS go on an eight day snowmobile ride across Saskatchewan to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
This was the 13th year the ride has taken place and since it began PWOS has raised more than $1.8 million for breast cancer research in the province.
They began their ride in Big River on Feb. 1 and completed the ride in Meadow Lake the afternoon of Feb. 8.
PWOS President Carol McKnight said, “The final day of the eight day mission was absolutely awesome. We started riding in a little bit of heavy ice fog but it burned off by noon and everything was just a perfect ending to Mission 2013.”
This year the women raised $209,885.42.
McKnight said raising that much money is a wonderful feeling because it’s so important for funds like this to go towards insuring that research can continue.
“But more importantly I think we did an excellent job in the spreading out of awareness part out into the province and into new areas where PWOS has not gone yet. I think we did an absolutely good job of insuring that the research can continue for another year,” McKnight said.
She said there were some tough spots throughout the mission, as there are in any mission, but they all got through them as a team because they are dedicated to their cause.
McKnight said 100 per cent of the money they raise stays in Saskatchewan to ensure that research continues in the province.
“I just want to thank the true support, I think this is no exception this year that the Saskatchewan residents came through for us again and we appreciate the supporters out in front of us. But we also can’t forget all of our corporate sponsorship behind us because that’s truly what makes us the success,” McKnight said.