As part of the Yukon Quest’s 30th anniversary, Northwestel pledged $1,000 to the Yukon charity of the winner’s choice. Quest winner Allen Moore chose to donate this prize to Kaushee’s Place women’s shelter. The Alaskan musher offered the $1,000 prize to the shelter after winning the 1,000 mile race.
Moore, who finished the race in eight days, 19 hours and 39 minutes, chose Kaushee’s because he wanted to help people who were in need of assistance at the local level.
“When I think of the community that supports and watches the Yukon Quest, I think of the many fans across Alaska and the Yukon and that not everyone is blessed with the same opportunities I have right now,” said Moore. “With this Northwestel donation, we can help someone get back on their feet and try to find joy and peace in their life.”
The Whitehorse women’s shelter offers outreach, lodging, support and advocacy for women and their children fleeing abuse. The home also provides 24-hour crisis lines and drop-in outreach programs.
“We are so grateful to Allen, Northwestel and to the Yukon Quest,” said Kaushee’s Place Director Barbara McInerney. “The shelter prides itself on providing assistance to women and children in need and this donation will help ensure they receive the support they require to make healthy adjustments in the their lives.”
As major sponsor of the race, with cash and in-kind contributions totaling $25,000, Northwestel’s high-speed internet and Latitude Wireless’ phones and coverage kept Quest organizers connected as they moved throughout the territory.
“Northwestel made coordinating the Yukon Quest possible,” said Marie-Sylvestre Belanger, executive director of the Yukon Quest. “Knowing that we would be able to connect with our team throughout the territory was very encouraging. It was one less thing to worry about during our thirtieth anniversary race.”
Moore and his 14 dog team were one of 26 mushing teams vying to win the race from Whitehorse, YT to Fairbanks, AK. The race passed through the Yukon communities of Carmacks, Pelly Crossing and Dawson City before crossing the U.S. border.