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Preparations underway for fourth annual Ride of the Mustangs

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 11:38 am

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Last year marked the first time George McDougall High School Principal Ed Pohill got to see the school’s annual Ride of the Mustang charity event first hand, after he became the principal in the fall of 2012.

Once the dust settled on April 26, 2013, and the final fundraising totals from the bike-a-thon came in at $132,852, Pohill was blown away by what the George McDougall students had accomplished.

“It was pretty exciting and awesome to see what our students can do when they put their minds to it,” Pohill said.

“I’m a big believer of allowing our students that chance to lead with support from our staff, and it was neat to see them take on that challenge first hand.”

“They all have the passion for this event, and that’s a neat thing to see,” he added.

The fourth edition of the Ride of the Mustang, which will take place in the school’s gym for 48 hours starting at 12 p.m. on April 15, will once again see students raising funds for Alberta Children’s Hospital to help kids who are fighting cancer. This year’s fundraising goal is the highest yet, as the students hope to raise $150,000.

“After surpassing their goal of $100,000 a year ago, the goal was set to go for $150,000 this time around,” Pohill said. “It is a little lofty, but I have no doubt that our students can do it, as we have raised a total of over $250,000 since the ride first began in 2011.”

With 65 teams of eight to 12 students, the gym is expected to be a beehive of activity over the two-day event, especially with stationary bikes and other apertures being used for pedalling purposes.

“For the most part, the students will bring in their stationary bikes from home, but we have seen some creative ideas in the past,” Pohill said.

“We have had students rig up couches or Lazy-Boys with pedals on them to use, so it can be pretty interesting.”

In addition to the bevy of bikes, there will be a number of activities to keep the students entertained during the 48-hour event.

“On Tuesday night (April 15) we will have a number of bands performing, and then on Wednesday evening (April 16) we will have an open mic night for the students,” Pohill said. “Along with that, we will have a big screen set up to show some movies and we have some parents providing breakfast in the morning, so everyone will be involved.”

“As you can imagine, it will be crowded in there, which does mean that we can’t really have a ton of people come in to support our students,” he added. “However, if someone wants to come and cheer the students on, they can contact the school and set up a time to come by.”

For more information on the event and how to donate, contact Jody Moore at 403-947-5935.

Online donations are also being accepted at


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