The 2021 Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Winterland Invitational raised $135,000 for families in need through individual, family and team participation in various outdoor activities from hockey to horseback riding.
RMCH Alberta successfully adapted to COVID-19 restrictions and saw participation from 18 communities across Alberta, including the Lakeland region. Imperial supported local initiatives with a donation of $10,000.
“Ronald McDonald House Charites are a pillar of support in communities across Alberta and for families in need. Imperial is proud to be the Lakeland region sponsor,” says Carolyn Penner, executive assistant at Imperial’s Cold Lake Operation who also took on the personal challenge of running 75 kilometers during the month of March in support of the Winterland Invitational.
“The Ronald McDonald House saved my family,” says Candace Ducharme. “The house was not just a house, but a home that helped my family stay together and safe. I will be forever grateful for the love, strength, and serenity it gave me during a difficult time.” Candace stayed in the house for three months while her daughter Chloe was in the prenatal unit. Read the family’s story here: https://lakelandconnect.net/2016/05/04/the-ronald-mcdonald-house-saved-my-daughters-life/
“Events like this one raise much needed funds to provide a home away from home for families who need to travel for medical reasons. When those families experience one of life’s most difficult times, we offer them the gift of togetherness,” says Oreen Skiba, stakeholder relations manager, Lakeland Region Ronald McDonald House Charities.