Shriner’s MOMendum Mother’s Day Cruise to Honor Moms and Women of Moose Jaw

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Moose Jaw Shrine Club wants to use a tried-and-true method of celebrating Mother’s Day to honour moms all over the city this coming Mother’s Day.

MOMendum’s first-ever MOMendum Cruise will take place Sunday, May 9 and feature a vehicle parade similar to the wildly popular birthday tours held last summer.

“It’s coming to that season where car people are looking to get out and do something with their cars, and because I’m really into cars myself, I noticed that over the years, more and more ladies are getting involved in cars, too,” said Aaron Ruston, chairman of the Shriner’s Club car raffle. “Most of the car events I’ve seen over the years have been geared to the guys, and one of the things that get overlooked is the ladies. So with Mother’s Day coming up, I thought what better way to honour moms, and not just moms but all the ladies in our life, by just dedicating a cruise to them.”

Those who participated in the birthday parades know how it works: gather at Town ‘N’ Country Mall at 1 p.m., drive out for a tour of the city with a huge wagon train of vehicles, then return.

The goal is to hit Mulberry Estates by noon, then West Park at 1:20, Revera at 1:40, Providence Place at 1:55, and return to Town ‘N’ Country around 1:30 p.m.

“We’ll be touching base with retirement homes and letting them know we’ll be cruising by so they can be ready to watch,” Ruston said. “One thing everyone has in common has a mom, and people have been isolated. I deal with many retired people in my industry, and unfortunately, a lot of them are feeling alone. So if we could let them know, one way or another, we’re thinking about you, and we care, that’s what we want to do.”

This year the Shriners will have a really cool vehicle leading the parade: none other than their 2000 Mellow Yellow Plymouth Prowler raffle car, with councillor Heather Eby on board.

Tickets for the raffle will be available for $20 each and tickets for the 50/50 draw. Ruston reports that about a third of the raffle tickets continue to sell, but sales have increased in recent weeks. The raffle drawing will take place on Sept. 18.

Everyone is being encouraged by the Shriners to take all necessary precautions to stay safe, including maintaining social distancing as much as possible, wearing masks, and washing their hands.

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