This year’s fire truck pull in support of United Way Northern B.C. was the most successful to date. Not only did today’s event set a record in the numbers of teams and people participating, but it also set a new fundraising benchmark for the annual event at $37,799.
Niki Hedges of United Way was thrilled with the response and attitudes of those who came down to show their support for the organization.
“This is the biggest event. We had this time 17 teams. Usually we have 8-10. I’m amazed by the turnout and the enthusiasm that the people came down to the event with,” she said.
Hedges added the money will go towards a variety of programs that fall within United Way’s three pillars of all that kids can be, poverty to possibility, and healthy people strong communities.
“The programs that we fund have a specific focus to meet a specific need. There are programs that we fund that will be supporting kids 0-6, youth, people with disabilities, our aging population of seniors, and those people will be impacted through the programs that we fund,” she said.
Once again this year the biggest contributor to the fundraiser was Progress Energy as they brought in $22,375. They had the highest total last year as well at $18,180. Progress also had the fastest pull time at 11.23 seconds.
In comparison last year’s fire truck pull had seven teams taking part, and $27,630 was raised.