Moose Jaw alpine skier Morgan Waldo and a couple of her coaching friends aren't the first people to take the Trans Canada Highway between Moose Jaw and Regina, but their mode of transport will be unusual.

On Saturday at 8 a.m., Waldo and two others will be traveling on the highway via rollerblades and a bike, as a fundraiser for SaSKI Sisters.

Morgan Waldo said SaSKI Sisters is a group empowering females through community and sport.

“A few years ago, myself and a parent realized we didn’t have a lot of female retention once they get into those teenage years, and a big reason is the lack of community at this point.” Waldo said. “SaSKI Sisters came to light when we got together and bounced some ideas off each other, and we wanted to develop capable, confident, and competent skiers.”

The non-profit organization looks to use the weekend to raise money for alpine ski racing.

“The funds are going to be going to the program and the scholarship fund, and the scholarship fund is designed an incentive for the athletes to continue participating in alpine skiing until their graduation of high school and beyond,” Waldo said. “We want to install a skiing-for-life mentality and culture.”

Girls who are in their first year of racing are eligible for a subsidized trip during the April long weekend.

Whether they go from Moose Jaw to Regina, or the other way, is pending wind direction on Saturday morning. , Waldo said.

“With this being a charity event we want to make sure we’re having fun as well.”

Waldo said that inline skating is such a parallel sport with techniques to alpine skiing.

“I’ve done it for a really long time, I’ve coached it to the local clubs I’ve coached. How it came to be a fundraiser, is that it started as a fitness challenge in May, and we chose a certain distance in whatever we wanted, and I chose inline skating for 200 km.”

From there, it became the idea for their fundraiser. Waldo will be going with fellow coaches Heather Sten and Naomi Ottenbreit.

For anyone interested in contributing to the cause, Waldo said they have a gofundme with a goal of $5,000, or by contacting them through Instagram with other links and contact information.

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