About RiKi Walkathon
In 1968, the first RIKI Walkathon made its debut with 4,000 children and adults trekking 22 miles from Saskatoon to Pike Lake. With the support and determination of walkers, sponsors, volunteers, the Riversdale Kiwanis Club and almost 20,000 pledges, the event raised over $41,000 for Camp Easter Seal!
That money was then used to build 5 new cabins at Camp Easter Seal, the only completely barrier free camp of its kind in the province and the only camp most individuals with disabilities can attend. To commemorate the efforts of everyone involved, an engraved wooden sign stands in front of the new cabin to honour its history. Since then, thousands of individuals with disabilities have benefited from the additional facilities thanks to the success of the original Walkathon in 1968. This summer on June 9, we are celebrating 50 years of the RIKI Walkathon!
In partnership with the Riversdale Kiwanis Club, we are taking the event back to its roots and organizing a course at Pike Lake Provincial Park – a little shorter than the original route in 1968 but still lots of fun!
It is with great privilege that we introduce Saskatchewan Paralympian Colette Bourgonje as the Honourary Chairperson of RIKI 50. As one of the most decorated Paralympic athletes in Canadian history, Bourgonje is passionate about helping people discover their love for sport and activity. Bourgonje has been involved with the RIKI Walkathon since its early days – she participated as an ambassador in 1991 and became the Honourary Chairperson in 1992 for the 25th Anniversary celebration. It’s only fitting that she be part of the 50th celebration!
Getting involved is easy – and SaskAbilities is here to help. If you are interested in participating, sponsoring or volunteering at this event, we want to hear from you! Or if you or someone you know was involved in the original walk in 1968, please send us a message. We’d love to hear of your experiences.