Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has hampered fundraising efforts for a lot of organizations throughout the area, the Brockville group pulled above their weight on Saturday to assist an essential a part of the group
The annual Brockville YMCA hearth truck pull raised over $22,000 for the YMCA of Jap Ontario on Saturday, with the cash offering assist for individuals who in any other case can’t afford to make use of the power.
“It tells me we stay in an amazing group, and that the group thinks the YMCA is a crucial important service in our space and so they need it to remain round for a very long time,” stated Rob Adams, CEO of YMCA of Jap Ontario.
“it’s been right here for over 160 years and individuals are pleased with that.”
The annual hearth truck pull additionally had a brand new identify this 12 months, commemorating George E. Smith, the previous mayor, very long time volunteer and fundraiser.
“That is improbable and it’s simply an honour to be concerned and an honour to acknowledge him on this means,” stated Rob Smith, George E. Smith’s son.
“George Smith is a good friend of mine and likewise very well-known in the neighborhood,” stated Ian McFall, fundraising marketing campaign co-chair.
“An awesome chief, George has been concerned within the Y for a few years. He handed away on Aug. 30 and many people thought it will be a pleasant tribute to George to be honoured on this means.”
Eight groups competed to tug a fireplace truck, loaded with water, a complete of 200 ft. The overall weight to tug was over 60,000 kilos.
Members stated it wasn’t simple.
“We’re a bit winded,” stated Adams, pulling on the workers board group.
“it’s very heavy and my legs are nonetheless burning and quivering.”
“its robust!” stated Smith, “You’re spent however its lots of enjoyable. We’ve had a enjoyable day.”
The quickest pull of the day went to the group “Weapons and Hoses”, with a time of 32.9 seconds.
The occasion kicked off with speeches from Adams, MP Michael Barret and MPP Steve Clark.
Brockville councillor Jeff Earle additionally spoke to the small crowd, saying…