Special Olympics Alberta is finding a different way to fundraise for their Zone 7 athletes and community programs.
Through a virtual 50/50 event, the organization is hoping to provide funds for their Lloydminster, Lakeland, Vegreville, St. Paul, Lac La Biche, and Wood Buffalo affiliates.
Previously, Special Olympics Alberta had done an online 50/50 event but they decided it was too difficult to split up the funds for all the athletes.
This is the first time that Zone 7 is having a virtual fundraiser of their own.
“We’re splitting it up between zones so that we’re not having competing 50/50’s going on,” said Director of Business Development, Lorrie Sitler.
With new regulations Special Olympics Alberta recognizes the new need for PPE, sanitizing supplies, and social distancing measures.
“We just wanted to make sure that we’re allowed all of the affiliates that have athletes the opportunity to have a new fundraising stream. Especially since they’re going to have added costs with being able to start back up their programs,” said Sitler.
“Part of this whole thing is mental health for everybody. It’s good to get out and have something to look forward to. It’s just kind of putting some hope out there,” said Special Olympics Alberta – Lloydminster affiliate, Mark Witzaney.
Special Olympics training would have started up in the end of September however their start date is now to be determined.
The athletes are currently doing some virtual programs to keep going through the pandemic and stay physically active.
Currently programs include 5-pin bowling, 10-pin bowling, basketball, golf, powerlifting, and swimming.
Affiliates will also be adding a new snowshoe program in January.
Distribution of the total 276 athletes in Zone 7:
- Lloydminster – 78 athletes
- Lakeland – 45 athletes
- Vegreville – 48 athletes
- St. Paul – 39 athletes
- Lac La Biche – 31 athletes
- Wood Buffalo – 35 athletes
Tickets are on sale until October 23 with the final draw being on October 30.