Wet summer gets wetter at juvenile diabetes fundraiser

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A wet summer got even wetter on Wednesday as the Southwest Type 1 Sharps and RBC partnered together to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDFR).

Swift Current bodybuilder Trevor Koot gets soaked during a juvenile diabetes fundraiser on Wednesday.

The event raised more than $2,500 in total, thanks in large part to a $1,000 contribution from RBC, and $500 from various members of the Swift Current Fire Department.

“It’s wonderful to see the support in Swift Current,” said Coun. Denis Perrault, who was one of eight volunteers that residents had the choice of soaking.  “It’s nice to see all the dollars come in for yet another successful juvenile diabetes event in our community, and it’s fun.”

Perrault was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a 17 year old and for the last five years has worked with Sharps to raise funds for the JDFR.  He said he was happy to help with the cause, even if waiting in the chair made him a little nervous.

“I flinched every time,” he said with a laugh.  “Even though I knew it was coming I was still flinching.

Five other volunteers joined Perrault in getting soaked, including local bodybuilder Trevor Koot and Mayor Jerrod Schafer.

The mayor joked that he expected to see a long lineup waiting to get him wet, and wasn’t disappointed.  Even one member of his family got his shots in.

“I know my son was pretty happy to get his dad,” Schafer chuckled.

Schafer complimented the organizers for the work they put in to make the event a success as well as the community to coming out and supporting the cause.

He also took time to congratulate English Channel swimmer Meghan Chisholm, a JDFR supporter and fundraiser, who just got back from Europe and made an appearance at the event to lend some support.

“She’s made our community very proud of her,” Schafer said.  “The achievement to me is almost unfathomable because I swim like a rock, so to think that she was able to do that for that period of time in that scenario is really mind boggling.  We’re so proud of her and glad she was able to come out today to support JDRF.”

Chisholm, in a show of good-natured support, even took a seat in the chair herself.  Regardless of whether she offered to get drenched or not, the organizers said they were happy to have her on hand.

“What she did for JDRF is just fantastic and a true inspiration,” Perrault said.

Organizers called the fundraiser a success and hope to carry that momentum into their next fundraiser, the Sugar Pot Team Roping Event hosted north of the city.  The event runs from Sept. 22-24, with the proceeds going towards the JDRF.

Organizations: RBC, Swift Current Fire Department

Geographic location: Swift Current, English Channel, Europe

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