Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do held its annual Breaking Boards, Breaking Chains fundraiser for the International Justice Mission (IJM) in the Great Plains College gymnasium, May 12. Students have been gathering pledges in the run-up to the event and they used various Tae Kwon Do techniques to break close to 300 boards. The event raised about $15,500 and donations were still being received. Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do has raised around $35,500 for IJM during the past four years. IJM works in various countries across the globe to end slavery, sexual violence, human trafficking, and forced labour. The funds raised by the club this year will be used by IJM for the rescue and recovery of child sex trafficking victims in Kolkata, India.

The 3rd annual Prpick Boss Mother Earth run/walk took place along the scenic Chinook Parkway in Swift Current, May 12. There were 73 participants in the event, which started and finished at Elmwood Park. Participants could run or walk over distances of 10, 5, two or one kilometre. Métis elder Cecile Blanke presented a prayer to Mother Earth in the Michif language before the start of the run/walk. This year's event was held in memory of Swift Current resident Anthea Loran, who passed away in March. Loran was a founding member of the Friends of the Walkway, a group of volunteers that take care of different garden areas along the Chinook Pathway. She was an active volunteer in the community and she was a recipient of the 2015 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal. Her daughter-in-law, Donna Loran, represented the Loran family at the event and also participated in the run/walk. A portion of the race registration funds will be donated to the Southwest Homes residential and small business recycling pick-up program. 

The Swift Current Arts Council's 2017-18 concert series concluded on May 10 with a heartwarming performance of the play Miss Caledonia by award-winning actor and writer Melody A. Johnson. The play reflects on the realities of rural life in 1955 through the eyes of a teenage girl who wants to become a movie star and decides to enter a local pageant. Musical accompaniment for her performance was provided by Alison Porter on fiddle. The Swift Current Arts Council has released details about the line-up of performers for the 2018-19 concert series. There will be 10 concerts and a highlight will be the performance of Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden on Nov. 5. Existing ticket subscribers have until June 22 to renew their subscriptions for the new season and subscriptions for new subscribers will start on July 2. Remaining single tickets for all concerts will be on sale Aug 7. For more details about the 2018-19 concert series, go to the Arts Council's website at www.scartscouncil.ca


The importance of injury and illness prevention in the workplace, at home and in the community was highlighted during a North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week event at Market Square in downtown Swift Current, May 8. There was a fundraiser barbecue and raffle in support of Threads for Life and a local scholarship to Great Plains College, as well as different vendor booths with safety and equipment demonstrations. Safe Saskatchewan CEO Gord Moker was the guest speaker at the barbecue. He emphasized the need for ongoing efforts to improve safety in Saskatchewan and he referred to the importance of the Mission Zero initiative. He noted that all injuries are predictable and preventable, and everyone needs to focus on making safety a habit at work, at home and on the road. This was the 21st annual NAOSH Week in Canada, Mexico and the United States, and it was the second time a NAOSH event took place in Swift Current. The event was planned and hosted by the Swift Current Regional Safety Committee.


Prairie Spirit Chamber Singers, an auditioned choral ensemble in Swift Current directed by Marcia McLean, hosted the Song of Faith concert at the Zion Mennonite Church, May 6. The program of sacred music was arranged to provide a feeling of joy and hope to audience members and a sense of growth and renewal that goes along with the arrival of spring on the prairies. The program included musical performances by the Israelson and Regier families, and audience members joined in the singing of a verse of the hymn How Great Thou Art.


The Southwest Quilters Guild displayed about 200 colourful quilts at their biennial quilt show in Swift Current. The two-day event took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park's Palliser Pavilion, May 5 and 6. The event showcased the quilts that were made by guild members since the previous show two years ago. The show was also an opportunity for the guild to present charity quilts to a number of organizations. A presentation of quilts to 17 Canadian Armed Forces veterans took place on May 5. This was done in association with the national charity organization Quilts of Valour. On the second day of the show the guild made a presentation of 12 large and nine smaller quilts to Southwest Crisis Services, which provides a safe haven to about 100 women every year at a shelter in Swift Current. Guild members as well as community members have also made around 25 quilts in response to the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus accident. These quilts, which were on display at the show, was scheduled to be shipped to Humboldt after the show for distribution to the families of players, billets and first responders. The Southwest Quilters Guild is an enthusiastic group of about 25 quilters. They meet once a month to share ideas and to learn from each other. New members are always welcome. The monthly meeting takes place on the second Thursday of the month at Fresh Start in downtown Swift Current, starting at 7 p.m.


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