The second annual Sports for Ethiopia fundraiser, organized by Rainbow for the Future, will be held at the Westlock Rotary Spirit Centre on Friday and Saturday, March 17-18.

By Les Dunford (The Westlock News) |

Last year, Rainbow for the Future, an NGO based in Westlock that supports humanitarian projects in Ethiopia, organized the first-time Sports for Ethiopia 24-hour fundraiser.

It was a lot of fun for both organizers and participants and the money raised helped so many people. As such, it was decided to hold the event again in 2017.

The second annual Sports for Ethiopia fundraiser will be held at the Westlock Rotary Spirit Centre on Friday and Saturday, March 17-18.

The 24-hour event will again feature hockey, walking, running and this year, spinning/stationary bicycles.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and go around the clock until 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The event will then be followed by a banquet and silent and live auction at the Westlock and District Community Hall, starting at 6 p.m.

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $200, with a $50 registration fee. In turn, they get a ticket to the banquet, a T-shirt, a team or individual photo and concession snack.

Those who can’t or don’t wish to enter the fundraiser personally can pledge support to the participants.

As well, they can purchase a ticket for $30 to attend the banquet, which is featuring some terrific auction items, such as a riverboat cruise on the Athabasca River, an air flight over the Westlock area, riding lawn mower and many more, with all proceeds going to the cause.

And there are some fun things planned for the evening as well, which makes attending even more worthwhile.

Banquet tickets are available at the Rainbow for the Future office in Westlock at 10712 – 101 Street, or during the event at the Rotary Spirit Centre.

Rainbow for the Future chairman Leo Seguin has made several trips to Ethiopia to view work funded by the organization, including schools, technical schools, water projects, help for orphans, empowering women to gain self-employment and other humanitarian projects.

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