The United Way of Pictou County helped show Pictou County what can be done when the community pulls together on Saturday morning.
This year marked the fifth year for participants to participate in the annual Pulling for Change event that sees teams of 10 come together and pull a firetruck across part of a parking lot at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
This year’s event hosted 11 teams with two other teams having registered but unable to attend. Organizers were happy with the turnout both for teams and those who stopped by the event to cheer on each of the teams for their big pull.
“It’s amazing when you bring the community together,” said Ellen Fanning, executive director. She noted that the event attracted everyone from students, sports teams and police. Many of the teams were returns and have made it an annual tradition to participate.
Each year, the truck pull signifies the beginning of the United Way’s annual campaign where it collects funds to give to different community agencies around Pictou County. This year the board is hoping to surpass what its total was for last year with a goal for the year of $315,000 after having raised $310,000 last year.
“We did it last year for Social Services,” said Lane Foote of the Nova Scotia Community College team Glo Getters, who had dressed up in neon colours. “It’s for a good cause.”
The Glo Getters won the most spirited prize for their costumes and enthusiastic cheering for each of the teams that pulled.
“We came to have fun,” said teammate Kristin Livingstone.
In the end, the Northeast Nova Corrections team ended up taking the win with a time of 13.63 seconds to pull the fire truck across the line with team Michelin coming in a close second with 13.85 seconds.
Along with promoting the campaign kickoff, Fanning added that the organization is working on a new national program to make local issues #unignorable. Nationally, the program is focusing on poverty and the fact that these issues should no longer be unignorable.
The local police team took on the challenge on Saturday pulling a firetruck for the United Way’s Pulling For Change event. (Brimicombe photo)