Kidney Foundation fundraiser still popular event in Tignish
By Cindy Chant
Snowmobile and ATV operators came out in droves to support a young Tignish man who passed away 23 years ago. Parents to the late Don Gaudet Jr, Ruby and Don Gaudet Sr wanted to keep their sons memory alive while raising funds for the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
“We couldn’t believe the support we received,” said Ms Gaudet. “They (participants) were coming back soaked.”
This year marked the 21 Annual Snowmobile and ATV Poker Run in memory of Don Gaudet Jr and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. There was a recorded 126 registered participants who took part in the March 3 afternoon run which left from Tignish Legion.
The event raised $2,450 when all said and done.
Winners of the popular event hosted by Tignish Sportsman ATV Club - Jessie Hogan claiming first with three kings, Trevor Gaudet in second with two kings and two queens and Logan Gallant taking third with two kings and two fives.
Don Gaudet Jr passed away Feb 4, 1990 who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and later developed kidney failure.
Since the first run in 1991, the event has raised as much as $25,000 for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, PEI Branch.
The Foundation will be celebrating March 14 as World Kidney Day in Charlottetown at the Culinary Institute of Canada.