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Trail Ride going virtual for a second year

The 2nd Chance Trail Ride is once again shifting its event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization continues to ask for financial help as it supports organ transplant patients.
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A very small lineup of horse trailers replaced the usual crowd of eager participants as last year’s 2nd Chance Trail Ride went virtual. Plans to return the event to the usual full scale ride were dashed by strengthened COVID-19 restrictions announced last Tuesday.

LINDBERGH - Following Premier Jason Kenney’s announcement of new COVID-19 restrictions for outdoor gatherings on Tuesday, the organizers of the 2nd Chance Trail Ride have made the hard decision to change their trail ride to a virtual event.

“Our 10th Annual Trail Ride cannot go on as we planned,” a message from the committee said. “However, like last year, we are still encouraging you to fundraise and continue with a virtual ride.”

The society hopes to “keep the conversation going. We still need help to do the important work, supporting patients who are going through their transplant journey. Now, more than ever, every donation is desperately needed. Even though the pandemic has changed the way we run our events, we are still carrying out our mission, giving back and helping others.”

While they will not be on the trail with the participants again this year, they ask those who are participating in other ways to “be sure to share photos of your virtual ride with us. We would love to share every moment on our social feeds during the day as well.”

This 2nd Chance Trail Ride Society operates on donations and aims to continue to raise funds to meet financial obligations to maintain the six furnished apartments at Galen’s Lofts for transplant patients and their families so they can live as comfortably as possible during the recovery process.

The 2nd Chance Trail Ride Society supports approximately 40 patients per year with lodging and additional medical related expenses.