Local bikers, rode off to Kananaskis on Saturday July 21 2018, to support the Foothills SNAPS (Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings) program.

The event featured a breakfast hosted by the Batter Boys Stampede crew.

snaps chaps motorcycleride july21 2018 001Riders loaded up on a pancake breakfast served by the Batter Boys, before hitting the trail.

The group then embarked on a ride through the Kananaskis route, passing through Longview, Fortress, Black Diamond and finally back to High River.

snaps chaps motorcycleride july21 2018 004SNAPS riders, cruising through Longview, on their journey to Kananaskis

Bikers returned later that evening, for a night of Poker, a BBQ, a 50/50 raffle and live music by the Roaming Cadillacs.

Vice President for SNAPS Orvella Small says demand for the program is steadily increasing.

"We've already got 40 new families in 6 months, usually that's our work load for the year but it seems in 2018, more and more locals know about us and require our help."

Small notes, that they recently launched a youth based program specifically for helping families with smaller children.

"The SNAPS program assists families who need extra help moving through life transitional phases. This could include getting kids with special needs ready for school, finding them a job when they've finished school, and setting up inclusive communities who strive to support people of all different backgrounds and abilities."

The program also helps seniors in the area find financial and social support.

Deborah Thompson, who sits on the Board of Directors for the SNAPS program says the funding they receive, isn't as much as the public thinks.

"I think it's really important for the community at large to know, we are not federally or provincially funded. A lot of people think non-profits receive this funding that just does not exist, so we heavily rely on these local events to help drum up financial support, especially during years like this."

This year, SNAPS celebrates 20 years of assisting families in the Foothills.

snaps chaps motorcycleride july21 2018 003Motorcycles lined up for the event, prior to the riders tour through Kananaskis


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