This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Cattle Round-Up fundraiser hosted by the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation.
The funds procured through the event are given back to community centres for senior heath care. In past years, they have provided items such as a van for the Lending Cupboard to transport items and care to seniors.
This year the funds will go to buying new beds that have equipment on them to notify staff if a patient is getting out of the bed and therefore can receive assistance to prevent falls.
“A large part of the money goes back to rural centres and seniors. They’re the ones that made this area what it is so I love that. It seems to me that seniors get brushed off sometimes,” said Bonny Mae Fibich, project officer for the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation.
“There is always money for kids and I know that that is very important but it seems like our seniors are always forgotten, so I enjoy making a difference to them. I’ve been a volunteer for the event twice previously. It’s a fun event and because it raises money for seniors it is one of my favourites.”
The Cattle Round-Up raises money for senior care facilities and rural care centres. Each year raises enough money to make a big difference in those communities, officials say.
What is unique in this event is the fact that the money goes back to whichever community donated the money. This means that if a person or organization from Red Deer contributes, the funding goes to a care facility in Red Deer.
The event includes a dinner, a silent cattle auction and always ends in live entertainment. Singer/songwriter and professional cowboy Denver Daines will be presenting his country/rock for all attendees until midnight.
“This year we chose to go with somebody local – Daines is from Innisfail. Innisfail is one of our biggest supporters in the community; the most amount of money goes back there. For our 20th year we decided to have Denver to celebrate that,” said Fibich.
For more information on the event, give Fibich a call or go to the Cattle Round Up facebook page.