Rustlers team up with Griffins to End MS
Although the Lakeland College Rustlers and the Grant MacEwan Griffins battled against each other on the Volleyball court on Friday November 26th, the two teams did work together to "End MS" that evening. The initiative to run an event,"End MS" in conjunction with the Lakeland College Rustlers was brought to the attention of the Athletics department by Amber Willis of the MS society early in the fall. The original idea was just to be in attendance and bring awareness to the disease. From the first conversation to the event it ended up growing into something much bigger.
The Rustlers agreed to donate the gate proceeds for the evening to the MS Society as well as the society took the opportunity to run a 50/ 50 draw. In total just over $1500.00 was raised to support the battle to end MS. It was a bitter sweet evening for the Rustlers as they were not able to add points to the win column but they felt a great sense of pride being part of a fundraiser that all the money generated went to a great cause.
Amber Willis, Client Services Coordinator, for the Lloydminster Branch of the MS Society was pleased with the turnout of approximately 275 people at the games and overall how the evening unfolded. She was extremely grateful that both the Lakeland College Rustlers and MacEwan Griffin Volleyball teams agreed to be involved in the event. The MacEwan and Lakeland men’s and women’s teams agreed to wear the keeper red MS shirts for warm ups and the coaching staff continued wearing the shirts during the matches.
Athletic Supervisor for Lakeland, Aaron Rawlake, commented that he felt that the evening was a huge success and that the Rustlers were proud to be a part of this great event.
Willis indicated that the event was also sponsored by a number of local businesses who assisted in making the evening a huge success. Prizes like Edmonton Oilers tickets, gift cards and gift bags were donated as giveaways for the evening to add more atmosphere to the event. When asked if this event could happen again in the future Willis was quick to indicate that the MS Society would be on board as she feels that the event was a good fit for both organizations.