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Pulling for Change cancelled

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: The United Way of Pictou County has cancelled their annual pulling for change event for 2016. Jessica Smith, executive director of the organization cited lack of participation this year as the reason for the cancellation. ”We usually need about 18 teams,” she said. This year so far there had only been 13 teams sign up with only one paying the registration fee. Smith said they do have plans for next year, however, and are looking at criticisms and comments about the event to make it bigger and better in the future.)

The United Way of Pictou County will pull together the community this Saturday, September 24, for the third annual Pulling for Change event where participants pull a fire truck for as a fundraiser. The event brings together teams of 10 to pull the Alma Fire Department truck and compete to see who has the fastest time.

“It’s been a unique event for the community,” said Jessica Smith, executive director for Pictou County United Way.

The idea originally came from the organization’s Calgary counterparts who host an aircraft pull each year. For teams participating in the fire truck pull, a team consists of 10 people and the entry fee is $100 a team.

“We encourage everyone to come out and cheer on the teams,” Smith said.

She said the organization is sort of using the event itself as a fundraiser but also as an analogy to show that when the whole community comes together it is easier to overcome big obstacles.

With more than 25 programs, Smith shared that one in four members of the community receives support from a United Way funded program.

As of last week, the organization had about 10 teams ready to participate in the event, regularly there is about 18 to 20 teams.

For those interested in registering a team for the event that takes place beginning at 11 a.m., they can contact the United Way of Pictou County through Facebook or by calling the office at 902-755-1754.

The champions from the past two years will be attending to try to defend their titles. Last year’s winners, the team from the correctional facility in Priestville, finished the event with a time of 14.16 seconds.

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