By Sarah Baker
On June 21st, Len Spratt began his ride with Ride for Legends to raise money for children with cancer and he went from Kehewin to Bonnyville and then to Kitscotty.
The next day he rode from Lloydminister to Wainwright and onwards to Consort.
Then the next day he arrived in Drumheller and on the 28th he arrived in Rimbey.
There Spratt was hosted for a lunch provided by the GLDC Gas Co-op company before continuing his journey, said Assistant Manager Darren Weening.
While the pandemic prevented an in-person event, people have still been able to donate to the cause.
“We want to thank the wonderful people of our community for their generosity and support in this effort.”
This year, Spratt finished his 1,020 km ride in Onoway – however this is not the first year he has ridden for the society.
“I have been riding for the society for 15 years and I receive more and more support annually as the word gets out.”
For many people, awareness resonates when a child in their family or in the community battles cancer.
“With more children being diagnosed annually and more internal communication plus organizers in the media drawing awareness to these events, people slowly pay attention,” said Spratt.
With good health and an athletic background, Spratt feels it’s his personal responsibility to give back to the community.
“Individually I can participate financially and also in support of my corporation as the chair of Gas Alberta Inc. In addition, what better way to support the initiative of your shareholder base than to join with them to make a difference to a child and their family as they navigate childhood cancer.”
Ride for Legends is sponsored by all 74 rural gas utility managers who represent the individual rural gas co-operatives, towns, villages, municipalities and First Nations shareholder customers of Gas Alberta Inc.
The society also has a number of events including to an annual gala, a motorcycle ride, a car rally, and Ride for Legends.
“We are welcoming all donations to this great cause,” said Weening.