Braving harsh temperatures, and patiently enduring an unfortunate lack of snow, the Prairie Women On Snowmobiles (PWOS) wrapped up their 25 stop, 6 day tour in Midale and Estevan on Friday.
With riders pulled from all around Saskatchewan, raising support and spreading awareness for early detection of breast cancer along the way, they were able to meet fellow ladies who had fought the fight, and every penny of the proceeds set to go directly to as-of-yet undetermined cure researchers and other such organizations.
"Day 6 is always kind of double edged, because it is the end of the journey and it's long and exhausting. But, it's also emotional, the ladies get to know each other, and we become a pretty tight group. So it's a sad day as well," expressed President Kelly Kim Rea, in her second term in the role, after an 8 years with the group in total.
"The snow gods weren't in our favor, unfortunately. The ladies did get to ride about 50 kilometers, from Kisbey to Kenossee Lake, which is nice."
For the rest of the trip, the snowmobiles were strapped to a flatbed semi, with the riders and crew packed into a van. This included their entrance to Midale, where they were hosted by the local 39'rs club for a lasagna lunch.
"This has been a really fantastic year. We haven't been to the southeast, over half the communities we've been to this year are brand new like Midale and Fillmore, and we're just so excited to see these new people. They've opened their hearts, and they've been so welcoming," Rae said.
"Midale is amazing, wow! You know, the little communities have been so shocking to us. They always come out amazingly, you see absolutely everybody. I was expecting a good turnout, but this was...and the lasagna smelled so good!"
The Estevan Snowmobile Club has been among the major sponsors of the adventure with a cause, including partnering with Aecom to provide all the fuel.
The lunch was followed by a brief presentation, which included recognizing cancer survivors present with pins.