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Swift Current Ability Bowl fundraiser kicks off with winter fun

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Families enjoyed outdoor activities on a bright winter's day during a fun community event to kick of the annual Ability Bowl fundraiser in Swift Current.

The SaskAbilities Swift Current branch hosted the 2018 Ability Bowl Winter Kickoff at ACT Park, Feb. 25.
The event featured sled bowling, snow zumba, ice skating and horse wagon rides, while participants could take a break to enjoy chili and hot chocolate.
“It’s a great way to kick off our Ability Bowl,” SaskAbilities Regional Director Kimi Duzan said. “Lots of work is done behind the scenes for many months, but today is the day that we reach out to the community and say thank you. Thank you for welcoming people of all abilities, thank you for supporting SaskAbilities leading up to this fundraiser.”
Swift Current ACT/UCT was the major sponsor of the kickoff event. Club representatives were in attendance for a cheque presentation of $500 for the kickoff and the organization is also supporting the Ability Bowl with a donation of $2,500. Other sponsors of the Winter Kickoff were ServiceMaster, KIVA, Smoke Shack and Pebble Ridge Percherons.
This is the second year that the event was held to start the fundraising activities for and to raise awareness about the upcoming Ability Bowl.
“I think it does say Ability Bowl is coming, spring is coming, April is coming, and most importantly putting it in the forefront again to let people know we’re approaching sponsors for support,” she mentioned. “We’re also kicking off the opportunity for teams to get their packages and to start gathering their pledges that will then come together on April 21, our Ability Bowl day.”
It will be the 31st annual Ability Bowl in Swift Current and this year's fundraising goal is $75,000.
“Last year we were just over $80,000,” she noted. “So it’s an achievable goal. I think it’s important to set achievable goals and to be successful, and we’re really excited too.”
Each Ability Bowl has a theme to add more fun to the day and teams can dress for the event to fit in with the theme. This year the beach will be coming to the bowling alley with the theme Beach Bowl.
“It’s going to be everything about the beach – the flower shirts, the drinks, the sunglasses,” she said.
Teams will conclude their fundraising efforts on April 21 when they submit their pledges and participate in the bowling, but this year there is a new addition to Ability Bowl to give people another option to be part of this fundraising initiative.
“There’s an opportunity for virtual teams to do some fundraising,” she explained. “People maybe can’t participate on that day, but still want to support the cause.”
They can therefore register a virtual team to do fundraising and show their support for Ability Bowl without doing bowling.
“It is something new, and it’s really a donation to SaskAbilities,” Duzan said. “It’s a way for people to participate. Everybody has got all kinds of time commitments, but we know the support is there, and we’re really pleased to offer that.”
The Ability Bowl is an important fundraiser for SaskAbilities in Swift Current. All the funds raised from the event will support the programs and services offered in the community.
“Really hundreds of people benefit from our services,” she said. “People of all abilities seek support for employment, being involved in volunteerism and in the community in different ways. We also very much support the opportunity for youth and adults from southwest Saskatchewan to participate in Camp Easter Seal. That’s an important, inclusive environment that’s completely accessible. So some of our funds also support people from southwest Saskatchewan participating in that accessible location.”
SaskAbilities has been focusing more on programs to assist people of all abilities to find employment. The youth employment program in Swift Current supports youth as they prepare to enter the workforce.
“We’ve just renewed some of our funding resources and we’re really excited, because young people of all abilities are coming out of high school, and they’re looking for opportunities for employment,” she said. “So that continues to be something that we’re going to grow and develop.”
For more information on how to get involved with Ability Bowl as a bowler, sponsor or volunteer, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 306-773-2076.

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