Stettler on board for Wild Pink Yonder ride

Stettler Peavey Mart is among the Alberta businesses lending support to Wild Pink Yonder

Stettler volunteer Sarah Bourdon cooks for the barbecue last summer at the Peavey Mart fundraiser for breast-cancer research. This year’s event is set for Aug. 18.

Stettler Peavey Mart is among the Alberta businesses lending support to Wild Pink Yonder, a group of horse enthusiasts planning a ride from Cypress Hills to Edmonton to raise funds along the way for breast-cancer research.

The ride goes from Aug. 11 through Sept. 2, covering 350 miles over the 23 days.

Stettler Peavey Mart plans to host a noon barbecue, followed by a silent auction at the store on Aug. 18, with all proceeds going to Wild Pink Yonder.

“Last year, the Stettler Peavey Mart was No. 1 out of all 29 Peavey Mart locations in the amount of funds raised,” said Matt Dorsett, manager of the Stettler location.

The local store raised nearly $3,200 last year, while all Peavey Marts combined raised more than $48,000. The Peavey Mart chain has been a supporter of the event since its inception.

Dorsett said businesses in the community donate the merchandise for the silent auction.

“We really appreciate the community, surrounding communities and the local businesses for getting behind the fundraiser,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without them. Even the competition, (they) all support it.”

Stacey Westergreen, an employee at the Stettler location, has been responsible for much of the planning of the local events. Wild Pink Yonder ribbons just went on sale at the local Peavey Mart.

“Stacey goes out of her way to ensure it’s a good turn of events,” Dorsett said of the Stettler fundraiser. “I hope there is a good turnout.”

Since one out of every nine women will face breast cancer in her lifetime, with many succumbing to the disease, Wild Pink Yonder has made it a goal to ride out cancer.

For more details on the Stettler event, contact Dorsett or Westergreen at the Stettler location, or visit wildpinkyonder.com for information about the ride — on the trail to a cure.

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