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Saskatchewan Roughriders, SaskEnergy and KidSport™ Launch the 2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders Charity Calendar

Aug 31, 2007

Saskatchewan Roughriders, SaskEnergy and KidSport™ Launch the 2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders Charity Calendar

The 2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders Charity Calendar in support of Kerry's Catch for KidSport™ was officially launched at the Shoppers Drug Mart on Broad and 14th Avenue today in Regina. The second annual fundraising calendar was once again produced through the partnership of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, KidSport™ Saskatchewan and SaskEnergy. Last year, over 4,200 calendars were sold throughout the province raising over $98,000 for KidSport™ Saskatchewan, and the partners are hoping for a similar result this year.

"SaskEnergy understands the importance of supporting an organization and program which benefits tomorrow's youth," Doug Kelln, President and CEO of SaskEnergy explains. "This calendar ensures that kids throughout the province can participate in sport programs and learn values that will last a lifetime."

Riders' President and CEO Jim Hopson purchased the first calendar to officially kick-off the fundraising initiative. Several Riders, including Kerry Joseph, were also on hand to sign calendars, while Gainer the Gopher posed for pictures and entertained the audience with his fun and wacky antics.

"We are extremely pleased to once again take part in this initiative," stated Riders' President/CEO Jim Hopson. "The Roughrider organization is dedicated to ensuring that all kids throughout our community can participate in sport, and this calendar helps to ensure that will happen."

Kerry's Catch for KidSport™ is a program sponsored by Greystone Managed Investments, Saskatchewan Lotteries, ServiceMASTER, Fine Foods/Express Foods, McDonalds and individuals who make contributions to the fund every time the Saskatchewan Roughriders make a first down during the season. The program is led by Riders' quarterback Kerry Joseph, and all of the proceeds from the program are donated to KidSport™ Saskatchewan. KidSport™ is a registered children's charity that provides children in need with financial assistance for sport registration fees, and in some cases sporting equipment, so that all children are given an equal opportunity to play sports and to grow and succeed in life.

"KidSport™ would like to thank the Saskatchewan Roughriders, SaskEnergy and all of the sponsors for their support of the 2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders Charity Calendar and Kerry's Catch for KidSport™," says Don McDougall, Chair of KidSport™ Saskatchewan. "Every dollar that is raised will help children in need participate in community sport programs where they will learn invaluable skills - such as teamwork and responsibility - that will help them to succeed in life. I encourage everyone to pick up a calendar at your local Shoppers Drug Mart or the Rider Store today and help ensure that no child is left on the sidelines this year - so all kids can play."

The funds raised from the 2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders Charity Calendar will help ensure that KidSport™ continues to thrive in Saskatchewan. The calendar features not only pictures of present and past Roughrider Greats, but it also includes historical team trivia.

Calendars are on-sale now at your local Shoppers Drug Mart, there, and www.riderville.com for only $20.00. The calendars will also be on sale at the SGI 'Play it Safe Day' at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday, September 1, 2007 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Kerry Joseph and the Riders will be on hand signing autographs, and everyone who visits the SaskEnergy tent will have the chance to win four box seat tickets to Sunday's Labour Day Classic at Mosaic Stadium. The draw for the tickets will take place at 12:30 pm at the SaskEnergy tent during the 'Play it Safe' event.

For more information, please contact:

Dave Burdeniuk Pat Rediger
SaskEnergy Sask Sport Inc.
Manager, Communications Phone: (306) 522-9326
Phone: (306) 777-9842 Email: prediger@sasksport.sk.ca
Cell: (306) 535-6569