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January 26 - 29, 2018

Sno-Do blazes trails for a better world!

Start your engines!

When the mercury plunges, the excitement heats up. Sno-Do (pronounced "snow dough") is a Junior Civitan fund-raising, cross-country snowmobile event held annually in Ontario, Canada. Each participant solicits pledges prior to the expedition, and more than 30 Junior Civitan leaders from the United States and Canada make the journey. All proceeds benefit people with developmental disabilities.

Support the Cause

Junior Civitan assists the Civitan International Foundation with its efforts to raise money for the Civitan International Research Center. The Center is a facility that researches the causes of developmental disabilities and provides clinical services and programs for those individuals in need.

The Center has gained enthusiastic acceptance from both the scientific and academic communities and now has more than 300 scientists, clinicians, students, interns, residents, fellows, and staff from across the United States and from around the world representing 40 specialty areas.

For developmental disabilities the Center researches include all forms of cognitive disabilities, cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol syndrome, Tay-Sachs disease, and spina bifida.

Civitans and healthcare professionals in your area refer to the Center individuals from your community who need assistance. In this way, the Center's research and accomplishments in numerous fields of healthcare offer help and hope to people in your community and worldwide.

North of the Border

Sno-Do is usually scheduled for early February in Barrie, Ontario. This year's excursion will again be sponsored by Junior and adult Civitan clubs of the Canadian West District and the Sno-Voyageur Snowmobile Club of Barrie. Annually, Junior Civitans hope to raise thousands of dollars to benefit the Civitan Center's Family Assessment Department, a specialized research and diagnostic facility dedicated to addressing the healthcare issues of those with developmental disabilities while assisting and educating their families.

Our Center

The Center has earned worldwide recognition for its complete interdisciplinary approach toward treating and preventing numerous developmental disabilities and for its groundbreaking advancements in related research.

History of the Sno-Do

The "Sponsor the President" Campaign, The Junior Civitan/Bombardier Great Canadian Challenge, The Junior Civitan/Yamaha Sno-Do 100, and The Junior Civitan Sno-Do, as it is now called, was initiated in 1976. It has established itself as the largest fund raising event in history of Junior Civitan.

As the story goes, Louis Stephens, the 1975-76 President of Junior Civitan International, and Al Hunkeler, past Junior Civitan Governor of Canadian District West, were trying to figure out a way to raise funds for the Association of People with Special Needs. After much thought, Marg Campbell, then the Junior Civitan Governor of Canadian District West, and Al challenged the Midwest District - home of President Stephens - to see who could raise the most money.

The catch was this: Louis had to ride in the Brampton Sno-Do 100. All money raised would be determined by the number of miles he completed. Louis completed the entire 100 miles, and, therefore, collected over $5,000 in pledges. Ultimately the "challenge" was a draw because each district collected the same amount of money.

From that beginning, the event has continued to grow. The "Sponsor the President" Sno-Do stayed in Brampton for another year, and three additional Governors had a chance to compete. Dub Croft, the 1976-77 president, completed the course and raised over $10,000 for the ARC drive.

In 1978 the event was moved to Barrie by the Barrie Civitan Club, and was officially dubbed The Great Canadian Challenge Sno-Do 100. Nearly a dozen Junior Civitan Governors made the trip to Barrie for the Challenge. For the first time, the project had the makings of a huge International event. This was also the first year Junior Civitans contributed to their own major emphasis project. It was a tremendous success with over $30,000 raised for Junior Civitan's ARC Prevention Program.

The 1979 event was even larger and truly a highlight of the Junior Civitan year. The project grew by leaps and bounds with 14 Governors taking part in the event. That year, nearly $42,000 was raised, which greatly exceeded the goal for ARC.

As the event continued through the 80s, participation and local dollars raised continued to grow. In 1983, $45,000 was donated to the International Summer Special Olympics and $56,000 was contributed in 1987. Between 1984 and 1989, more than $300,000 was contributed to the Children's Hospitals of North America.

The last fifteen years', donations were designated for our Civitan International Research Center which concentrates on treatments of people with and prevention of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 1990-2002 events raised over $750,000.

This year's event once again supports the Civitan International Research Center. These participants are ready to challenge the course. As the event will no doubt show, this year holds great promise for the best ever!