Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


Thursday, 12 June 2014 14:34

Swift Current Skate Camp, June 11, 2014

City of Swift Current Community Services hosted a skate camp for youths between the ages of five and 17 years at the Kiwanis Sk8 Park on June 11. There was a good turnout at the event with 29 registered participants. They were able to learn new tricks and skills from local skate instructors and there was also a barbeque.


The 13th annual Relay for Life in Swift Current raised over $60,000 for the fight against cancer.

The Swift Current Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 56 held a wreath laying ceremony in Memorial Park on June 8 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing of Allied troops on the French coast on June 6, 1944. Salvation Army Captain Michael Ramsay conducted the scripture reading and meditation. Swift Current Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 56 President Vel Burns laid a wreath at the cenotaph.


The 13th annual Relay for Life in Swift Current raised over $60,000. Twenty teams with a total of 203 participants took part in the 12-hour long event at Riverside Park on June 7, which started with an honour lap by 90 survivors in bright yellow t-shirts. Swift Current resident Kathy Anderson was the survivor speaker during the opening ceremonies. A total of 965 luminaries were sold for the luminary ceremony later that evening. The ceremony started with a tribute by Arlene McKenzie, the facilitator of the Kinkin’ Cancer support group, for Les Borson, a group member who lost his battle against cancer. The other two speakers during the luminary ceremony were Ed Doyle and his daughter Eliza, who spoke about being caregivers.


The 2nd annual Swift Current Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad took place on June 7, starting in the Living Sky Casino parking lot. There were 175 registered participants for the event and around 140 motorcycles roared through the streets of Swift Current during the parade. The day-long event included a poker rally that took riders to Hazenmore, Lafleche and Cadillac before returning to Swift Current. This year's Ride for Dad raised over $54,000 for the fight against prostate cancer. Motorcyclists came from far and wide to participate, with the furthest rider from La Ronge. Swift Current is the venue for one of only two Ride for Dad events in Saskatchewan and the other one is taking place in Saskatoon on June 14.


The 2014 Five Days for Change by 17 students from Swift Current Comprehensive High School raised a total of $16,615.45 for a local youth shelter. During the five days and four nights the students slept outside and ate only one meal a day to raise awareness about homelessness in southwest Saskatchewan. The campaign started on May 27 with a barbeque and family friendly activities on Market Square. On May 28 the students had their meal of the day at the Fresh Start soup kitchen in downtown Swift Current. On May 29 the group received a visit from former Swift Current Broncos player and current Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith, who was accompanied by Southwest Street Culture Foundation Committee (SWSCFC) member Melinda Baum. The group also listened to a presentation by Swift Current United Way Executive Director Stacey Schwartz spoke to the students about her work as an outreach worker in Regina. The cheque presentation to SWSCFC was done during halftime at the Redneck Betties game on May 31.


The Swift Current Redneck Betties played their second home game of the roller derby season against the Regina Sugar Skulls at the Credit Union iPlex, May 31. The Betties battled hard during a very physical game, but were defeated 267-136 as they struggled to contain the fleet-footed jammers from Regina. The Betties will play their next home game against the Lil Chicago Jaw Breakers on June 21.


Swift Current's newest band, the five-member Lady and the Tramps, used their debut performance at the Legion Hall on May 31 to raise funds for the Swift Current Legion's building renovation fund. The band's high-energy performance of cover songs was well received by an enthusiastic crowd of around 200 people who attended the “Light up the Legion” concert. The band members are guitarist Justin Fehr, lead vocalist Erin Oman, lead guitar player Gord Cave, bass player Brent Patoine and drummer Jamie Fortney.


A dedication ceremony for Canadian emergency medical service (EMS) workers who lost their lives in the line of duty was held at the Swift Current and District Ambulance Service building on May 25. Guest speakers were Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Director Ken Luciak, Saskatchewan Emergency Medical Services Association President Gerry Schriemer, City of Swift Current Deputy Mayor Pat Friesen and RCMP Chaplain Jonathon Hoskins. Salvation Army Captain Michael Ramsay officiated during prayers and benediction and the event emcee was Swift Current EMS Manager Nelson Pompu. The event was hosted by Swift Current EMS as part of the local celebrations of EMS Week in Canada from May 25 to 31. The memorial dedication was followed by a family barbeque and a teddy bear clinic, where children could bring their favourite teddy bear for treatment on some specialized medical equipment and receive an ambulance tour. There was also a display of modern ambulance and emergency vehicles along with two vintage vehicles, a 1974 Pontiac ambulance and a 1955 Dodge military ambulance that is owned by EMS manager Bob Dyke.


Wrestlers Joey Vendetta (in blue outfit) and Billy Bones clashed in the main bout of the Ringside Wrestling tournament in Swift Current, May 24. Local organizer Dennis Hamm arranged the event at the Salvation Army gymnasium to bring professional wrestling back to Swift Current and to also provide support for two local charities, with $200 from ticket sales donated towards the SPCA and 20 pounds of food collected for the Salvation Army food bank.


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