Kicking of National KidSport Month

Dwight Bergstrom spent the day looking out over Central Ave. and Memorial Square as part of a KidSport Prince Albert fundraiser on Thursday, May 4, 2017. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

Spending a day sitting in a raised scissor lift swaying in the wind isn’t how most people envision having a good time, but for KidSport chairperson Dwight Bergstrom it feels right at home.

Bergstrom, who spent plenty of time dangling about the ground while riding ski lifts as an instructor, spent Thursday riding in a different kind of lift. It was all part of a goal to raise $1,000 for KidSport Prince Albert by 5 p.m.

“I may have to spend an indefinite amount of time up there,” he chuckled during an interview shortly before jumping in the lift. “I’ve actually had more people asking how much they’d have to pay to keep my up there permanently.”

Bergstrom has a self-depreciating approach to sitting in a scissor lift all day, but the goal is a serious one.

Last year, Prince Albert KidSport granted $87,162 to help 341 children from low-income families participate in everything from hockey to soccer to gymnastics to swimming.

This year that funding is in jeopardy, as budget cuts from the provincial organization, which would normally provide up to $37,000 annually, means the Prince Albert chapter will struggle to meet last year’s numbers.

For the rest of this story, please see the May 5 online or print edition of the Daily Herald.