The Lloydminster Bobcats have once again held their End MS Game Night.
On Friday, January 29th, there were multiple information tables set up to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis and others carrying out efforts to raise funds for the MS Society.
Manager for the Lloydminster MS Chapter, Lacey Flichel, says the Bobcats’ End MS Game Night is an annual event that the Chapter looks forward to, as it gets people starting to think about the issues towards the beginning of the year months before the Chapter’s big event, which is the MS Walk on April 30th this year.
Several other representatives and volunteers in addition to Flichel were also in attendance, including locals, Wally and Nicole Rolfes, who are gearing up for their Believe Sled Ride to End MS. Nicole is afflicted by MS herself but is still ready to tackle a 10-day trek across Saskatchewan via snowmobile with her husband and two friends. She and her husband were there to sell raffle tickets for $10 each and hoodies for $45, with proceeds going to the MS Society.
“We have an autographed Ron MacLean jersey with case, FXR Torque heated-helmet, Helium electric-heated goggles, we have a $200 giftcard to Northern Factory Workwear, leather jacket from Diamond International, and SportGen GPS tracker available for the raffle prizes. All the proceeds go to the MS Society” says Nicole.
At the game between the 1st and 2nd periods, Flichel also coordinated an intermission contest between two lucky youngsters from the stands.
“We had the kids use simulated MS symptoms. So they put on goggles, which makes it like it’s hard to see sometimes… with MS you can have blurry vision. The next symptom was a weight on their hand, which people with MS, sometimes have fatigue or muscles spasms. And the next symptom was [represented by] oven mitts… so coordination and muscles spasms again… they had to shoot the hockey stick with oven mitts on,” explains Flichel.
For more information about the MS Society or to get involved with the local chapter contact Lacey or Patty at 1‑780‑871‑0513 and for Wally and Nicole Rolfes’ Believe Sled Ride to End MS go to believeride.ca