Pictured: Brenton Tullikopf, CANTERRA SEEDS Central Alberta Territory Manager, Matt Price, Acme Alumni Associate and Paul Wiebe, Assure Seeds Ltd.
Youth sports are often at the centre of many community activities, and in rural areas that usually means a lot of travel to neighbouring towns to play games and stoke rivalries.
The Acme Alumni Association of Acme, Alberta, has made raising money to provide safe, affordable transportation for teams one of their goals and was nominated by Paul Wiebe, of Assure Seeds Ltd, to receive a $2,000 donation from the Rooted in the Prairies Project.
“I nominated this organization because I grew up in the community and recognize the importance of athletics in kids’ development,” says Wiebe. “Getting them to and from these events safely without having to pay enables all kids to participate.”
With costs for everything from fuel to repairs going up, keeping the buses on the road can be a challenge. The money from the project has been earmarked to provide new panelling on the bus.
As the president of the Acme Curling Club, Wiebe sees the benefit of the association’s work firsthand and gets a lot of satisfaction from their support for the local athletic community.
“It makes me happy to see kids graduate from high school and come back to teach and contribute to the community that raised them,” says Wiebe.
CANTERRA SEEDS’ Rooted in the Prairies Project supports local non-profit organizations nominated by the agriculture community across Western Canada. Now in its second year, the project has more than doubled its investment with seventeen worthy causes across the Prairies selected for assistance this year.