It has become an annual tradition that the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association looks forward to every year – giving back to the communities and organizations that do so much for so many.
This year’s cheque presentation was especially gratifying. Thanks to our thoughtful and generous members, through funds raised at our most recent annual convention, we donated $105,675 this year to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Saskatchewan.
Over the past nine years, our association, with the help of Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, has raised more than $307,000 for charities across Saskatchewan.
By now, you’ve likely heard the story that helped sparked such tremendous outpouring of generosity. One of our members, Craig Slobodian from Redhead Equipment, his wife, Tricia, and daughters, Blakeney and Mya, experienced the power of Ronald McDonald House when 13-year-old Mya was diagnosed with brain cancer.
Because Mya received her radiation treatments in Saskatoon, Mya and Tricia spent nearly two months at the Ronald McDonald House. It is a facility that wraps its arms around families while their children are in hospital or are undergoing treatment. Our members wrapped their arms around the charity that helped one of our own.
Karen Linsley, the Fund Development Coordinator with Ronald McDonald House Charities Saskatchewan said to me, “We were in awe of the generosity of the members of the (SHCA). Ritchie Bros, who also have a connection to RMHC-SK, did a wonderful job of reminding people about the mission of the House. This is one of the largest third-party fundraising donations that the House has ever received.”
This is an emotional story that evidently touched so many people within our association.
Maybe it was Mya’s show of strength during a challenging time that inspired others. Mya turned her journey with cancer towards helping other families by fundraising for RMHC-SK. She began her fundraising efforts by going without birthday gifts and donating all the money to the RMHC-SK. Coupled with donations from local companies, Mya donated more than $10,000 before the auction at our annual convention.
Craig Slobodian said, “We are so inspired by the strength our daughter had to fight and beat cancer and how she is now using this experience to make a difference for others.”
Thank you, one more time, to our association members and to the Slobodian family for this example of selflessness and generosity.