Lions Journey For Sight Rides Through Swan River

Submitted by:
Corey Hurren

On Thursday night, January 16, 2014 is when 19 snowmobile riders and their support drivers came into Swan River as part of the trail of the Lion’s “Journey for Sight”.

Pictured above JFS Committee Chair Ian Mullin (centre) with his father John Mullin (left) and brother David Mullin (right). All three are members of the Bowsman Lions and have gone on the Journey For Sight many times. Ian and David were on it this year.

This portion of the “Journey” started in Thompson earlier in the week and headed south to Brandon to meet up with the other riders from around the province.

Some of the sleds stay overnight at Chariot Auto Repair and some stay overnight at Powell’s Autobody before they split up to go around the Duck Mountains on their way to Brandon. Powell’s Autobody is where the Swan River Lions provide the supper and the Bowsman Lions provide the refreshments.

This is an annual Lions Eye Bank fundraiser which has snowmobile riders touring across Manitoba for pledges. Riders and crew generously accept cash and cheque gifts of any amount. Donations over $10.00 are tax deductible. Expenses incurred during the ride are paid by the participant or a sponsoring Lions Club.

The Journey for Sight, a snowmobile fundraising event, originated in Birtle, Manitoba in 1983 and with this year’s donations and ticket sales it will put the JFS at OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS RAISED SINCE IT’S START!!!

The Bowsman Lions are in charge of the 2014 Journey For Sight. Lion Ian Mullin is the Committee Chair and Lion Donny Mullin is in charge of the snowmobile raffle.

Lion Ian Mullin was also recently interviewed about the Journey For Sight for the newest edition of SnoRider magazine:

Even though the Journey is over for this year, tickets on the 2014 Ski-Doo MXZ 550 are still for sale. The draw will happen at our District Convention next month on Feb. 23rd.