Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The final event in the Southwest CultureFest concert series showcased Ukrainian and Filipino culture at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Sept. 9. The event was well attended and featured performances by students from the Tavria School of Ukrainian Dance in Regina and the Pinoy Culture Team, a group of adults and students from Swift Current. The Southwest CultureFest started on July 14 with bi-weekly events by a variety of performers to celebrate Canada 150 and Saskatchewan’s cultural diversity. Most of the performances took place in Swift Current, but there were also events in Maple Creek and Shaunavon.

 

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.

 

The renovations at the Swift Current branch of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council were revealed at an open house and grand re-opening celebration, Sept. 8.

The Cypress Health Region is hosting a weekend workshop for family, friends and caregivers who are supporting individuals with mental illness.

Student reading levels in Chinook School Division continue to increase and during the new school year there will also be a focus on improving student writing.

Saskatchewan Abilities Council Awareness Week was celebrated in Swift Current, Sept. 3-9.

There has been a slight decline in overall math scores for grades 3, 6 and 9 in the Chinook School Division.

Two Swift Current powerlifters won medals at their first provincial championship in only their first year of competition.

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