It’s been more than a month since the visit from the Wild Pink Yonder tour arrived in Rimbey, but thanks to a local truck enthusiast, raising funds for breast cancer research on a local level will go on for a while yet.
“I’ve picked up an old truck and painted it up for breast cancer research and we’ll be running the truck with that colour for the next year,” said Wade Docken, manager of Integra Tire. “It’ll be at the Rimbey Mud Bogs coming up in September and there’s probably 15 other stops I’ll be making as well.”
Docken decided to carry on with the cause following the tour that saw a wagon train retracing a route taken in the pioneer era of western Canada that was used by settlers and the North West Mounted Police, while simultaneously raising funds for research into the disease that has touched a huge segment of the population, including himself.
“I’ve actually had an aunt who passed away from cancer and a couple of other relatives who have also passed away from the disease,” he said.
As part of the tour, Docken and his co-workers decked out their establishment and a truck in all shades of pink.
“I had a gentleman approach me who said if I kept it pink, he’d pay my entry fee,” Docken said. “I told him he didn’t have to pay me and that I’d do it anyway. So it stuck and we’re setting it up to support the breast cancer cause.”
There will be a donation booth set up during this year’s mud bogs on Sept. 12 and 13.
Unfortunately, funds raised at that time will not qualify in the grand total raised in Rimbey during the tour’s visit, however Docken will be more than happy to forward the proceeds directly to the Canadian Cancer Society.
In addition, he plans to visit many parades throughout central Alberta next spring and summer, in addition to making an appearance at both the recent Rimbey and Bentley annual parades.