Junior Civitan members across Canada and the United States are taking part in the annual Sno-Do fundraiser on January 22, 2017.
The event, pronounced “snow dough” is similar in concept to a “sponsor-a-mile” fun run, except participants ride snowmobiles to raise money for charity.
“Sno-Do is a life changing experience,” says International President Cambron Bice of Alexander City, Alabama. “This year, we have more participants riding and we are confident we will reach our fundraising goal of $64,000.”
Funds from Sno-Do benefit the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) located at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The CIRC was founded by Civitan International to conduct research into developmental disabilities and other neurological disorders. Scientists there, funded in part by Civitan and Junior Civitan donations, study illnesses such as autism, cerebral palsy, and brain cancer.
In 1975, members of Junior Civitan International—the youth arm of Civitan International—were looking for a new fundraising project and Sno-Do quickly grew to a national event for the organization.
Junior Civitan clubs, usually organized at middle or high schools, exist to give youth an opportunity for leadership training, personal growth, social interaction and community service. Their main focus is helping people with developmental disabilities. Louis Stephens was the Junior Civitan international president in 1976, during the first Junior Civitan Sno-Do.
“We wanted to make it a national event,” Stephens reflects, “Junior Civitan leaders from across North America would compete to raise the most money. We had no idea it would go this far.”
More than forty years after the first event, Sno-Do has helped Junior Civitan raise more than $1.8 million for CIRC. This year’s event will take place in Barrie, Ontario, on Sunday, January 22nd. Participants will continue fundraising even after the event is over.
To support this year’s fundraiser, please contact Civitan International Headquarters at 1-800-CIVITAN, or visit www.juniorcivcitan.org/donate.
To find out more about Junior Civitan, please visit www.juniorcivitan.org.