Travis Moen of the Montreal Canadiens creates a Crispy Crunch Blizzard masterpiece on Miracle Treat Day at Swift Current's Dairy Queen.
There were long line-ups at the Swift Current Dairy Queen on August 12 for the eighth annual Miracle Treat Day in Canada, a fundraiser held to generate support for the Children's Miracle Network.
Proceeds from all Blizzards sold on Miracle Treat Day in Swift Current totalled $3,197, according to co-owners Abbie Houston and Michelle Seibel. The money raised here stays in the region, with the proceeds directed to support Saskatchewan's new Children's Hospital, scheduled for construction at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.
Montreal Canadiens' left winger Travis Moen, a Swift Current native, was home on a three-week summer break from training. He was on hand to help with the fundraising by delivering treats to tables and even making some of the Miracle Treat Blizzards.
"My little cousin in BC was in the Children's Hospital, so I understand the money is needed and hopefully we can raise as much money as we can," said Moen. "It's a great cause and I'm glad to be a part of it.
"With all the teams I've been on, we've visited plenty of hospitals and got to see the kids. Obviously it's not fun for kids in the hospital, but if we can raise more money for them and help them get better, that's our main focus."
Last year, Saskatchewan Dairy Queen's raised over $124,000 and the Canadian total raised was $2.2 million. While the Miracle Treat Day is a one-day national event, there are coin collection canisters in all DQ stores throughout the year and money collected is regularly deposited into the Children's Miracle Network account.