Winterfest raises dollars for children

100 Mile Snowmobile Club raised $1,373 for the Lions Society for Children with Disabilities

100 Mile Snowmobile Club Winterfest was a family affair for eight-year-old Addison Orosz

100 Mile Snowmobile Club Winterfest was a family affair for eight-year-old Addison Orosz

100 Mile Snowmobile Club Winterfest attracted 26 sledders out on a portion of the Gold Rush Trail snowmobile route on Feb. 24, and they raised money for the Lions Society for Children with Disabilities.

Participants collected pledges, which amounted to $1,373, and set out on a poker ride from the clubhouse at 99 Mile to Helena Lake and back.

“It was a good ride with groomed trails all the way,” club president Al Reichardt says, adding snow conditions were perfect.

At Helena Lake, everyone had a chance to enjoy hotdogs roasted on a campfire, and rev up their engines on a wide open lake for extra fun.

Reichardt says half the participants were club members and the other half, general public, including a man from Vanderhoof who was in 100 Mile House for the weekend, accompanying his hockey-player wife who was competing in the RE/MAX hockey tournament.

Reichardt notes the portion of the Gold Rush Trail used for the ride is maintained by the club and it needs to keep membership up to provide the service each winter.

It’s not all work and no play, however, as the club plans several group rides throughout the season, with the next one scheduled for March 17 to Harp Mountain, near Vavenby. Another ride is tentatively scheduled for March 24 to Opax Mountain, pending snow conditions.

For more information about the club, contact Reichardt at 250-791-6322.