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Gimme Mo' Betties another successful night

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Swift Current's Redneck Betties hosted their annual Gimme Mo' Betties calendar release party and Movember fundraiser over the weekend. With almost 150 people out for the event, the group was pleased to be able to sell some calendars and also raise some money to support men's health.


“We really put the focus more on the Movember side of things, but it felt like we were signing a lot of calendars, too,” admitted Heather 'Rhett Ro' Christie, one of the organizers of the event. “The people who were buying the calendars really took advantage of the opportunity to have them signed.”


Despite spending much of the evening autographic calendars, the Betties still managed to raise close to $6,000 for Movember Canada. Through the generous support they saw from the entire community, there were a variety of items available at the silent auction.


“The support from the community was really overwhelming,” Christie admitted. “Very few businesses actually turned us down, and lots of businesses were actually contact us to donate just from seeing some of the things we were posting on our Facebook event page.”


She noted that since many roller derby teams struggle to find that kind of support, the Betties feel especially fortunate to live in a community like Swift Current. Often, when other teams are in Swift Current for matches, they are surprised to see the Betties' fans.


“They just can't believe the support that we are getting, and we are so grateful that we have that,” Christie said. “I think that for a lot of people, it's a chance to support something new and different in Swift Current, but I think people are also seeing that we give back to the community, as well.”


In addition to their annual Movember fundraiser, the Betties are hard at work throughout the year supporting various other organizations within Swift Current. They have done bake sales, worked gates at drag races, and worked at the Frontier Days saloon.


“We are out in public doing things like this, and people can see up giving back and know that we definitely pay it forward,” she added. “With this Movember fundraiser, too – we understand that we all have dads and husbands and sons, and we take their health very seriously as well.”


The event is a large undertaking for the group, but Christie explained that they work as a team both on and off the ice. With everyone taking on a bit of the responsibility, it ends up being not as much work for each individual.


“Everyone is willing to pitch in, and we have an amazing base of women with an eclectic group of talents,” noted Christie. “Everyone adds something really special to the evening.”


The team is currently enjoying their off-season, but they are still actively recruiting Fresh Meat to join their family. Christie is already anticipating the coming season, but admitted that getting back in shape in January will be a bit of a struggle.


“It's definitely hard on our bodies, so we want to get more people out,” she said. “But for us, it's really more about sharing. We love it so much, we want more people to be able to experience that. It's a long season, and it does get tiring, but I'm already missing it so much.”

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