If you were bored in the Friendly City this weekend, it wasn’t for a lack of things to do.
True to form for a prairie city, Moose Jaw took advantage of what it likely thought would be one of the first truly nice weekends of the season — and community organizations across the board crammed the schedule with events.
From dance festivals to fundraising walks, there was no shortage of activity. And as if there wasn’t already enough to do, coinciding with annual happenings was the inaugural launch of Reading Town Canada, an initiative brought into town to promote reading for fun.
This kind of activity is good for a city, but especially good for Moose Jaw.
There are things to be malcontent about in the Friendly City, from the shape of its roads to the insanity of some of its drivers.
Potholes, malfunctioning or non-functioning traffic lights, and the occasional case of localized flooding are major triggers for Moose Javian angst.
But busy weekends full of worthwhile events are a helpful balance.
They also tend to serve as a valuable reminder of what James Roy, executive director of the National Reading Campaign, so astutely observed in the front page story of Saturday’s print edition, Welcome to Reading Town: “The people who are here are what make the town worth living in, for themselves and everybody else.”
Moose Jaw would not be the community it is if there weren’t people who work hard to organize all of its events.
The organizations who put together quality fundraising events like the MS Walk in Wakamow Valley on Sunday and the volunteers who pull together events like Dance Inspirations so kids can have fun, pursue their passions and even get rewarded for the work ought to be commended.
There are thousands of communities across Canada, but few could boast as much generosity — both in terms of time and in terms of funding — as is present in Moose Jaw.
People give their time and their money on the regular to put events together for others in this city, and often in the name of raising funds for charity.
When a fundraising element is present the beneficiaries are many, from local organizations like the Moose Jaw Health Foundation and Moose Jaw Humane Society to international charities like the Red Cross and everything in between.
When there is no fundraising element to an event the beneficiary is, instead, the individual who chooses to participate.
Every experience is a potentially enriching one.
Moose Javians should consider themselves fortunate to have so many opportunities to become further enriched.
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