KidSport raffle aims for sellout

A custom-built playhouse-garden shed is the grand prize in the 2019 KidSport raffle. At the ticket launch on May 3 were Lions Club members Syl Serblowski, Carol Conrad, Geoff Passey, Doug Ward, A&W owners Brian and Bernice Buffin, Clark’s Crossing Gazette publisher Terry Jenson and Martensville KidSport Coordinator Angie Reddekopp.

Organizers of the fifth annual KidSport raffle are confident that all 7,000 tickets will be sold before the big draw is held on July 4.

The grand prize in the raffle is a 100-square-foot playhouse  that doubles as a garden shed. Built by Grade 12 students at Martensville High School, the playhouse is valued at about $4,000.

Two secondary prizes are a $500 gift card for a nationally-known sporting goods store and a bus trip for two to a Saskatchewan Roughriders home game valued at $230.

The official launch for the raffle, which raises funds for the Martensville and Warman KidSport charities, was held Friday, May 3 at the Martensville A&W. The A&W, the Clark’s Crossing Gazette, Martensville Building and Home Supply, Brad’s Towing, Feature Flooring and Peter Kiewit Construction are corporate sponsors of the raffle.

“This raffle is the most important fundraiser for KidSport in Martensville and Warman,” said Martensville KidSport Coordinator Angie Reddekopp. “Last year in Martensville, we gave out $14,000 in funds to families so their kids could be enrolled in organized sports activities.

“The playhouse raffle brought in $7,000, so roughly half of KidSport funds come from this initiative.”

Reddekopp said more families are applying for funds through the KidSport charity, so the demand is growing every year.

“This is a real community endeavour,” she said. “The high school students always do such a good job on the playhouse, and we’ve had lots of people get involved. The Lions Club in particular, plays a big role. Without them selling tickets, this wouldn’t happen.”

Syl Serblowski with the Martensville and District Lions Club said he’s confident all the tickets will be sold.

“That’s a promise,” aid Serblowski. “People are keen to contribute to a good cause. And the fact there are also other prizes gives them a little more incentive.”

Clark’s Crossing Gazette publisher Terry Jenson said in the past four years, about $50,000 has been raised for local KidSport charities in the two cities.

“This has helped make some wishes come true for a lot of kids that mat not otherwise have bene able to play sports in their home community,” said Jenson.

Martensville A&W owner Brian Buffin said he’s pleased the raffle has become an annual tradition.

“It’s a great fundraiser, and it’s a great cause,” said Buffin. “It would be nice to see it sell out.”

Raffle tickets are available at the Martensville A&W and also through Martensville and District Lions Club members.