IMPORTANT NOTICE: NEW SPONSOR NEEDED FOR AWARD
The Oliver Hogarth Memorial Award for highest ticket sales per member was sponsored by the Whitewood Elks Lodge for many years. The Lodge closed earlier this year. It is no more. The Walkathon needs a new Sponsor for this important award. Please contact the Provincial Office.
The Elks Provincial Walkathon for Hearing Impaired Children is a major event.
The Elks of Saskatchewan is the major supporter of SPARC, the Saskatchewan Pediatric Auditory Rehabilitation Centre ( childrens' hearing centre), located in the University Hospital in Saskatoon. Here's a link to their website: SPARC
We raise funds in three ways: a province-wide raffle, cash donations, and fundraising events throughout the province.
Raffle tickets are sold from mid-June to mid-October by Elks members all over Saskatchewan, individually and at malls and stores.
Cash donations are gratefully accepted. Send cheques directly to the Saskatchewan Elks Association, 508-12th St. E., Saskatoon, Sask., S7N 0H2. Indicate that the donation is for the Provincial Walkathon. Tax-deductible receipts will be issued for donations over $20.00.
Events to raise funds for the Elks Provincial Walkathon for Hearing Impaired Children will be held throughout the year, throughout the province. Districts, lodges and individuals are welcome to hold events. View and download the information package.
Our main annual Walkathon is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in October. Provincial Elks meetings are held on Friday. On Saturday morning there's a Cenotaph Service, and the Walkathon is held in the afternoon, with short and long routes. The banquet speaker is the director of SPARC, followed by a family that was helped by SPARC. A dance follows. The raffle draw is held during the dance. Net proceeds are forwarded to SPARC. Lodges in Saskatchewan bid for the opportunity to host the Walkathon. If your Lodge is interested in hosting the main Walkathon, here's a bid form. In 2016 it was in Shaunavon; in 2015 it was in Nipawin; in 2014 it was in Moosomin; in 2013 it was in Moose Jaw.
In 2017 it was in Melfort on October 14th.
In 2018 it was in Esterhazy on Oct. 13th.
In 2019 it will be in Regina on Oct. 19th.
48th Annual Walk-a-Thon, October 13th, 2018, Hosted by Esterhazy Elks:
Memorial Parade and Service was at the Cenotaph at 10:45 AM.
Walk Started at 2 Pm Saturday, Social Time at the Lodge followed by Banquet, Presentations, Dance and Raffle Draw.
Over $43,000.00 was raised for SPARC by the 2018 Walkathon! Thanks to all the participants, ticket buyers, everyone!
Grand Prize $7,500.00 or ATV to Kalvin Nankivell of Kisbey, Sask. Kalvin is our Past Provincial President; he bought his tickets just like everyone else.
2nd Prize $1,000.00 to Roger Mercier of Zennon Park, Sask.
Five Third Prize Winners of $100.00 Each:
Eugene Rawlyk, Nipawin
Shirley Hilbert, Nipawin
Sharon LaHaye, Prince Albert
Bonnie Hartz, Bradwell
Shelley & Conrad Haubrich, Swift Current