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 late May 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 will be in Esterhazy on Oct. 13th.
42nd Annual Walk-a-Thon, October 14th, 2017, Hosted by Melfort Elks:
Memorial Parade and Service was at the Cenotaph at 10:45 AM.
Walk Started at 2 Pm Saturday (Long & Short Routes), Social Time at the Event Centre followed by Banquet, Presentations, Dance and Raffle Draw.
$36,000.00 was raised for SPARC by the 2017 Walkathon! Thanks to all the participants, ticket buyers, everyone!
Grand Prize $7,500.00 or ATV to Carolyn Donison of Prince Albert, Sask. Photo Below
2nd Prize $1,000.00 to Yvonne Pearson of Prince Albert, Sask. Photo Below
Five Third Prize Winners of $100.00 Each:
George Drever, Regina Photo Below
Ron Swarbrick, Unity
Glenn Krause, Shaunavon
Rose Maucthe, Unity
Caleb Burns, Moose Jaw Photo Below