Our Story

Meet Gary

Where it all began...

We are led by our president, Gary Mostert, who is known for his remarkable bicycle rides that has taken him from province to province across Canada.

Gary Mostert and his wife Tharine moved to the Lakeland in October 2005 from South Africa. As newlyweds they both came with positive attitudes and a "we can do anything" spirit to the area.

Tharine is a family physician and started working in Bonnyville, where she serves till this day. Gary worked in the car industry for a short time as well as the oilfield. After sometime Gary wanted to get more involved in the community and fundraising. After one of his ventures, he was challenged by a family friend, to do a fundraiser for Autism.

September, 2013

Here Come the Rednecks...

Gary kicked our cause into first gear by riding his bike from Cold Lake, AB all the way to Vancouver, BC.

In the buildup to the bicycle trip, with all the preparation, the name 'Rednecks with a Cause', was birthed.

After the success of the event, the once fun team name, became a registered Society in Alberta.

October, 2013

Our First Annual Gala

We hosted our very first Autism Awareness Fundraiser at the Bonnyville Curling Club, where we raised almost $60,000. This was a huge milestone for us and a great inspiration to keep our focus. The Lakeland community demonstrated how much this means to them.

The support from the community was amazing and has allowed us to continue to hold these gala's annual.

September, 2014

We Will Do Whatever It Takes....

Our slogan says "WE WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES" and we stand by that. We will stand by families who live with Autism, by creating learning opportunities, supplying resources and educating public about Autism.

Today the group still consists of the original 6 founders, and we are always looking for more dedicated helpers and new ideas.

Helpful Info

If a member of your family or someone you know has been diagnosed or have reason to believe they may have Autism we encourage you to take the following steps. If you are just beginning this journey into autism, please know that you have support. Schools and education systems are very supportive and educated.

See your family doctor and get properly diagnosed

Follow the book that you receive once diagnosed

Do all of the paperwork included to receive the proper funding