Those attending Northwest Territorial Days this year will get a chance to dunk some local luminaries into the tank.
It is the return of “Dunk the Stigma” at the exhibition, a fundraising initiative launched a year ago in response to the suicides of young people in the community.
“Last year was our first year, and we called ourselves Dunk the Stigma and we got a dunk tank and got various people from the community to go on,” said organizer Michele Lascelle.
The public responded to last year’s efforts – almost $3,000 was raised. Half of the proceeds went to the Kids Help Phone, a national 24-hour support service for kids, while the other half went to two local groups: Bridges for Children (based at Living Faith Chapel) and R4 Battlefords (the youth group out of Territorial Drive Alliance Church).
Because they did so well with Dunk the Stigma last year, they are bringing it back this year. It will run at the exhibition from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 1 to 10 p.m. Thursday.
The dunk tank will be located near the Ag Society office. Local personalities will take turns inside the dunk tank for an hour each.
Once again proceeds will be divided between Kids Help Phone and one or two local kids groups.
Those volunteering to be dunked this year are the following:
Wednesday (starting at 2 p.m. and running each hour):
Boyd Wakelin, Alyssa Woodrow, Tracy Voigt/Jayna Hannah, Trent Gatzke, Tanaya Robertson, Kevin Russell, Terrell Cole and Brian Comstock
Thursday (starting at 1 p.m. and running every hour):
Darcy Woolfitt, Shane Dragnuk/Kelly Waters, Mitch Hawtin, Brett Payne, Kelly Hawtin, Nicole Hanna, Kelly Page, Matt Potratz and Noah Cooke
Friday (starting at 2 p.m. and running every hour):
Jessica Mazurik, Nicole Combres, Mitchell Lascelle, Bee Lampitt, Aliyah Cooke, Ames Leslie, Amber Stewart, Tyson Williams/ Konnor Snyder.