Riders Preparing for Snowarama 2021
Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla - Staff Writer
Snowmobilers throughout the region, and in the Sioux Lookout area, are getting ready for Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids.
The annual fundraising snowmobile ride will look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sioux Lookout / Hudson / Red Lake Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids ride will take place from January 23 to February 28, rather than on a single day, as has taken place in the past. This year’s unique event will enable snowmobilers to ride anytime, from anywhere. Senior Development Officer for Easter Seals Ontario, Rhonda Harrison shared with The Bulletin, “We’re introducing a new format that will keep our riders and supporters safe and connected in 2021.”
Harrison shared, “Unfortunately, due to restrictions related to COVID-19, we will be unable to hold any of the in-person Snowarama events that we all know and love. But don’t worry; Easter Seals Ontario will be hosting Snowarama virtually this winter. This means riders can still get out and enjoy the trails while connecting with the Snowarama community and supporting Easter Seals kids.”
Mike Starratt, who has organized the local Snowarama event for several years now with Tracey Ellek, said, “I am a little disappointed; we can’t really have a normal event. But I am excited about going into the online convenience idea of it that might be beneficial in the end.” He added, “I am happy about the convenience for the average person to go out snowmobiling when they want, it’s a plus in a way. But the actual ride, it’s fun when it’s a group ride I find. Last year… we all went to Pizza Hut in Dryden, had a meal and did a return and that was about 220 km I think total. It’s a very good ride and is fun usually.”
Harrison explained that there is no set date for an event. Anyone interested tin participating may register online, start fundraising, and then go out and ride at their convenience. She added, “With a virtual Snowarama, there’s no set date, no set trail, and no limit to how much fun you can have!” Harrison encourages participants to connect with the Snowarama community by sharing pictures and videos of their ride on social media.” While sharing photos and videos on social media, participants are asked to make use of #Snowarama2021 and tag @EasterSealsON so Easter Seals can re-share the post.
Those who may be unable to ride this year also have the option to take part online by watching and commenting on the rides posted by other participants. Harrison shared, “You will still be eligible for all incentives in your community as long as you register and meet the minimum fundraising requirements.” For more information, visit Snowarama’s website at www.Snowarama.org or call the Easter Seals office at (807) 345-7622.
Harrison shared that funds raised will help to provide Easter Seals Kids with the essential equipment they urgently need to live with dignity, safety and greater freedom in their own home. She added that since the pandemic started, many children with physical disabilities have been stuck at home due to their fragile immune systems.
“Your support will have a significant impact on the lives of Easter Seals Kids and their families,” shared Harrison. This year, all of the Snowaramas are working together toward a combined goal of raising $100,000. Harrison also shared that to thank the supporters of Easter Seals Kids during this very challenging time, anyone who raises a minimum of $100 will receive a toque and glove set, courtesy of Fast Eddie Racewear!