The 11th Snowarama Pancake Breakfast was held under sunny winter skies on Saturday, February 4, at the Riverside Heights Recreation Hall, followed by a 68 kilometre snowmobile run. The annual fun event is organized by the Dundas County District Council of the Easter Seal Society of Ontario, under the leadership of Jean MacDougal, who first began putting Snowaramas together 16 years ago with the Rotary Club. “The weather was a concern right up until the last minute,” MacDougal said, “but it finally co-operated. Conditions were ideal.”
“This year,” said Deanna MacKillican, administrator of the Dundas Council, “we are very pleased that the Snowarama was able to raise $4,207.50 for our kids.”
Several snowmobilers from four major clubs, the South Dundas Snowmobile Club, the Winchester Snowmobile Club, the Finch Northstars and the Mountain Trailblazers, were among the supporters of the Easter Seal event. Breakfast was served up to a large crowd by Scott Robinson, assisted by volunteers from the Brewers Hockey Team. A display of vintage snowmobiles, some dating to the 1960s, brought down from Ingleside, generated much interest among visitors.
“An event like this Snowarama helps kids with special needs so much,” McKillican said. “The funds we raise go to the Easter Seal Society, but they are filtered back to our local area when local children need help.”
“Fund raisers support the specially equipped Camp Merrywood and Camp Woodeden, where disabled kids can easily participate in all kinds of activities,” added Ian McLaughlin, chair of the Dundas Council. “The money is also used for the purchase of necessities like wheel chairs and communication tools.”
This year, the trophy for First Time Participant went to Chris MacMillan, while the South Dundas Snowmobile Club was honoured for raising the most pledges.
Adding to the enjoyment of visitors to the 2012 Snowarama was the newly constructed Riverside Heights community ice rink. Built by local volunteers, using wood donated by Brian Cox, families could also take in some free skating.