County comes together again

Pictou-Advocate-opinion

People in Pictou County are known for their capacity to raise money for charitable causes and having fun doing it.

Some communities may do more, others may do less. But Pictou County has demonstrated sustained support for many events throughout the calendar year.

Two recent examples are the Curl for Cancer event on Friday in Pictou and the Coldest Night of the Year Walk for Roots House on Saturday in New Glasgow.

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Curl for Cancer in Pictou ramped up support for funds to help cure the disease for more than 20 years. A few more than 30 teams – or a few less – combine to generate enormous support from those who fill out their pledge sheets.

More than $26,000 was raised by more than 100 curlers on 28 teams this year, and that total could rise. Combined with the nearly $16,000 raised by 40 teams on February 10 at the Westville Curl for Cancer, it’s an impressive amount. It’s about $1 per Pictou County resident, but it’s impressive any way one does the math.

More than 300 walkers and nearly 40 volunteers joined forces to raise $40,973.70 for Roots House on Saturday, which is operated by the Pictou County Roots for Youth Society. It replaced the Life Shelter in New Glasgow that funds were previously raised for by walking several kilometres from Christian Fellowship Church and back.

The money is a tangible measure of our commitment to these causes. Something else cannot be quantified: the fun people have on the ice in Pictou and Westville — whether or not they’re seasoned curlers — and the real sense of joy that many of those 300 walkers showed on Saturday.

It was refreshing and heart-warming on Saturday to see the young, young at heart and all ages in between complete the CNOY walk. Parents and grandparents with children in strollers walked behind groups of school-aged children and teens, who walked behind able-bodied individuals who were out for a stroll, and they walked behind those who were a little older and struggled a bit with the terrain. They joined forces with representatives from municipal councils and other levels of government in addition to local business, service groups, churches, community organizations, schools ….

It was impressive to see the community come together in such a visible way. All walked for a common cause: helping bring an end to youth homelessness.

Safety is also a consideration. Members of St. John Ambulance attend the Curl for Cancer. Precautions were taken to ensure that walkers stayed on designated sidewalks along Abercrombie Road, George and Archimedes streets and across Riverside Drive to the New Glasgow Farmers Market dome where refreshments were served at the halfway point for walkers.

More fundraising events lie ahead, such as the Bowl for Kids and the Relay for Life. It’s already evident that both events will be well supported.

One must be reminded that, for all the fun participants have, numerous members of organizing committees and other volunteers help make everything about these events work well.

All indications point to these being successful events well into the future. They are examples of what makes Pictou County a preferred place to live and work and how fortunate we are to live here.