Lester Gurnett is known to be a good person who would always help someone in need.
He is a member of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, and a former bronc rider at rodeos across Canada like, the Strathmore Stampede and the Calgary Stampede.
Gurnett has judged both the CFR (Canadian Finals Rodeo) and the Calgary Stampede.
On Thursday February 7, members of the community raised $10,650 from the sale of a longhorn cow, to help offset Gurnett’s medical costs.
Gurnett is in need of stem cell therapy.
The sale was made possible due to the efforts of the local ranching community, Calgary Stockyards Strathmore Ltd., and Darcy and Michelle Welsh of Rocky Creek Charolais who donated the longhorn cow.
On Friday, there will be an additional auction, which can be viewed online at teamauctionsales.com.
The auction was a bit of a surprise for Gurnett.
“It’s surprising,” he said. “You don’t plan on having a whole lot of support for something like this, and it’s pretty overwhelming. It’s really, really humbling,” he said.
“We are very, very fortunate I think to live in this part of the world,” Gurnett said about living in Western Canada and the western way of life.
“To top it all off, I have been involved in the cattle business, and the rodeo business all my life,” he said. And about the cattle, ranching, and rodeo community he said, “The circle of people I have met, I can count on one hand that are not the desirable type. That opens up a whole world of great people.”
When asked how he feels about being able to help Gurnett in this way, Darcy Welsh said,
“It’s always good to help a friend in need. Lester is the type of guy, I have known him for years, he has helped anybody else in need. Now is his turn.”
Stem cell treatments are costly. There is still time for Strathmore and the surrounding community to help support Gurnett. Friends and family have set up a Go Fund Me account, which can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/lesters-life.