Canora group donates quilt to local PWOS core rider

Kim Hladun of Canora has been selected as one of the ten core riders with PWOS (Prairie Women on Snowmobiles) Mission 2020, her second such selection in the past two years.

A major focus of PWOS is raising awareness and funds for the battle against breast cancer, said Hladun.

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The Canora-based non-profit needlework group, A Common Thread, is once again supporting Hladun.

“Our quilting group is committed to one charity quilt each year,” said Oney Pollock, group member. “This quilt is donated within the community to raise funds for a worthwhile cause. This year we decided to again support Kim Hladun as she rides for PWOS and raises money for breast cancer research, a subject pertinent to many women and their families.”

The Mexican Star quilt was chosen as a pattern for this year’s donation.

“The quilt is approximately 70 by 70 inches square,” explained Pollock. “The quilt top was pieced by Janet Hill, club member, over a period of several weeks. Machine quilting and binding were completed Jopie Lavrysen, club member, a long arm quilter.”

Other group members are: Diana Smorodin, Julie Kraynick, Renee Langan, Doris Kopelchuk, Karen Kraynick, Carolle Pasiechnik, Donna Spelchen, Gladys Tomski, Sharon Lay, Pat Leniuk, and Darlene Oystryk.

Hladun said she was thrilled when a member of the group approached her about the possibility of once again donating a quilt for her quilt raffle.

“I am grateful beyond words for the repeat support of the ladies from the group as well as the entire community, my family and friends. My fundraising goals would not be achievable without them!” exclaimed Hladun. “When people from the community heard I was holding another raffle they came forward to donate prizes.

“It would not be possible for me to hold a raffle without the repeat support from the Trakkers Snowmobile Club, which sponsored the lottery license for both years. An individual cannot attain a lottery license, it must be applied for by a group or organization.”

The draw for the quilt, along with numerous other prizes, will be made on December 20 at Canora Junior Elementary School.

“Tickets are available from now until then by contacting me, or at various locations around the community such as Gateway Co-op, possible Craft Shows, as well as at Save On Foods in Yorkton on November 9 when they are hosting a Hot Dog Lunch to wrap up my Run To Make A Difference for Breast Cancer. Myself and a few friends will be snowmobiling from Canora to Yorkton, collecting donations along the way and ending at Save On Foods. I am grateful to the businesses in Canora and surrounding communities that have already made a donation towards my run.”

The donations to Hladun’s PWOS effort continue to come in.

“Four swaths of canola were generously donated by my neighbors, Michael and Helga Zbeetneff,” she said. “After Michael heard of a similar donation to last year’s ride, he decided that was such a wonderful idea, he too would follow suit. Michael called me one evening in September to say that he and his wife would like to donate two swaths each towards my fundraising efforts. On October 20 I got the call that the canola was dry enough and that I could go over and harvest the swaths. That brought back great memories of earlier years when we farmed,” Hladun recalled.

Donations towards Hladun’s November 9 run to Canora can be made by contacting her directly at any time. Funds raised go towards either the Canadian Cancer Society for research or the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan towards upgrading equipment for the patients while they undergo treatments at either of the two facilities.