Mary Rausmann, front, and Angela Mezzatesta head out on the trail to raise awareness with the Back Country Horsemen. Karen Powell photo

Back Country Horsemen ride for seniors

Trail ride raises money and food donations for Voice for North Cariboo Seniors

The North Cariboo chapter of the Back Country Horsemen held its third annual food drive on Sunday Nov. 5 in Bouchie Lake.

Nine members and their horses set off on an hour-long trail ride near on the Bouchie Lake Recreation grounds, with all proceeds going to the Voice for North Cariboo Seniors organization, which holds monthly meetings on topics relevant to local senior citizens.

Non-perishable food items were collected at the ride, as well as $150 cash. More food donations were gathered at the Back Country Horsemen’s annual general meeting on Monday Nov. 6, bringing the total to 500 lbs of food so far.

“Despite the cold weather we had a good turnout,” says Back Country Horsemen North Cariboo chapter chair Rob LaFrance.

“This is our third year, and the seniors do need the help. A lot of people forget about that. People assume seniors have great pensions, but many didn’t have the opportunity for that and they struggle.”

“We support this charity and we like that the proceeds go directly to local seniors,” he comments.

The Horsemen’s annual food drive has been in full swing since September. They collect donations all year round for the seniors charity, LaFrance says, but their main drive is from September to Christmas.

Anyone wishing to make cash or non-perishable-item donations (including pet food) can do so at the West Quesnel Barber Shop until Dec. 24.

For more information, contact Rob LaFrance at 250-249-5353.

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