Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:49

Broken Arrow Youth Ranch sows the seeds of a new fundraiser

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The Broken Arrow Youth Ranch, has been in existence for more than 10 years, but it’s one of Saskatchewan’s best kept secrets … until now.

The ranch’s focus is to offer a faith-based road for youth and their families to get the help they need in troubling times, according to the Ranch’s CEO, Rick Hawreschuk, a pastor in the Wood Mountain area. It’s a place for families who need time and space, while they work on themselves and on rebuilding the family unit.
“We work with kids, who just need that separation for a time,” says Hawreschuk. “While they’re here, they get the space they need, as well as exposure to ranch life, as we are also a working cattle ranch.”
While the organization has thus far survived on fundraising and donations from individuals, and churches throughout Saskatchewan, Hawreschuk says churches everywhere are just getting too exhausted with how many projects there are to support. This is one of the many reasons, the organization is looking to branch out into a new kind of fundraising through their Cameron Project.
The brainchild of Todd and Lara Moroz, long-time supporters and employees of the Ranch, the project will work with Canterra Seeds to offer free Hard Spring Wheat seeds to Saskatchewan-based farmers, looking to capitalize on the increase in prices Spring Wheat has been seeing.
“Most farmers in this area, have gone from Spring Wheat to Durum, but the price of Spring Wheat has driven up considerably, so farmers who have gotten away from it, may now find that this may be a good time and good opportunity to try it again,” explains Hawreschuk.
Relatives of the Morozs, who are crop scientists with Ag Canada have helped create this partnership between Canterra and the Broken Arrow Youth Ranch where they have an opportunity to achieve two goals: Canterra gets on-the-ground results which will help them with their own marketing, and Broken Arrow can see donations from a new source. 
“It’s a win-win,” adds Hawreschuk.
Those who partake in the project will receive enough seed for either a 40-acre or 80-acre plot; the chemical (donated by Dow Chemical and other corporate donors) to tend to the plot, and possibly even some fuel costs and other inputs.
While Hawreschuk would have liked to have seen this project rolled out earlier, circumstances prevented the project from getting off the ground until now, which means they really need to hit the ground running, and get the information out to as many people across the province as possible, in a short amount of time.
While Canterra themselves named the project the Cameron Project, Hawreschuk says there is some serendipity in the name choice, as the Morozs, lost their son a few years ago, at age 12, after surgery to repair a heart defect with which he was born. Cameron had a heart for the ministry of Broken Arrow though he did not have the opportunity to move there with his family.
“It’s just another sign for us, that this is the project we should be working on right now,” says Hawreschuk. “Currently, we have one farmer signed up, for a 40-acre plot, who has plans to donate 100 per cent of the profits to the Ranch.  That’s his choice, but we are willing to negotiate with each participant, to assure that the project works to the mutual benefits of us all.”
Those, who might be interested in taking part in the Cameron Project, can contact the Broken Arrow Youth Ranch, to find out more details. Check out the website at:

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