A Selkirk businessman is giving back to his community after a snowmobile accident claimed the life of a family member.
Jason Sargent, dealer principal of Steeltown Ford, lost his brother Scott in 2004 in a tragic accident and it has led him to raise as much money as he can in his name.
Sargent became involved in the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation’s “Ride for Rehab” six years ago, which is a snowmobile event that promotes a responsible and healthy sports image for snowmobilers and helps support the needs of Manitoba children living with disabilities.
The event has raised almost $500,000 over the last seven years for the Foundation with a goal to raise $1,000,000 by 2013.
Almost $100,000 has been raised for Scott’s Memorial Fund, supporting children living with disabilities in the Birds Hill, Selkirk and surrounding areas.
This year’s 8th Annual Ride for Rehab will take place in early February and will take 60 riders on a 1,000 km adventure through Northern Minnesota. Riders will leave from International Falls, MN on February 2 and continue their four-day adventure to Giant’s Ridge, Tower and Ely, MN, returning to International Falls on February 5.