Thieves steal boat motor from Wounded Warriors raffle prize

By Charlene Tebbutt
June 13, 2018 - 5:00pm

Thieves have made off with a boat motor which was meant to be raffled off as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors program. 

The 9.9 Mercury boat motor was stolen from a brand-new Lund 14-foot boat earlier this week. Gord Joyes, chair of the fundraiser, said the boat was parked in his yard in Codette while the fundraiser was ongoing. Joyes said he reported the theft to RCMP but the Wounded Warriors program will now be on the hook for the $1,000 deductible to replace the motor. 

The annual raffle raises funds for programming for the Wounded Warriors program, which supports veterans and active service members. 

"This boat raises enough money probably to buy a dog for the Wounded Warriors program, or bring a couple soldiers in," Joyes told northeastNOW. "We raise anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000 a year out of it."

Joyes said he is preparing to take the boat to Saskatoon this week to promote the raffle. He's hoping to sell enough raffle tickets over the next few days to cover the deductible. 

Anyone with information about the theft was encouraged to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers. The draw for the raffle winner will be made in late August. 

 

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