GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, N.L. – This August, money will be raised for a good cause in an unconventional way: by pulling a fire truck.
“My thought process is, whatever we raised today is more than we had yesterday,” said retired firefighter Wayde Thompson.
The 4th Annual Grand Falls-Windsor Fire Department Fire Truck Pull Challenge will take place on August 4, and this year’s event has a twist. In previous years, teams of ten would pull a 35,000-pound fire truck a set distance as fast as possible. This year, however, teams will compete against each other as they pull trucks side by side. Teams will compete in one of three divisions, male, female, and youth. The male and female divisions will have a $500 first place prize, while the youth division will sport a $250 first place reward. All proceeds from the event, including hot dog sales the day of, will benefit Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
“Anybody can compete into it, anybody,” Thompson said. “Anybody that can put a team together of 10.”
Thompson welcomed all groups and organizations to compete in the event.
“The more the merrier,” he said. “It’s all for the charity.”
Thompson said every charity event put on by the fire department receives good community support.
“For the last three years, the truck pull challenge has had 10 teams of adults, and we’ve had five or six of youth,” he said.
Thompson said a cash prize was put up for grabs this year to entice more people to take part in the event.
Hillary Warford has taken part in the event for the past three years, and last year competed as a member of GainZ Fitness’ female team. She said she would love to participate this summer as well, though she is away for three months with the Canadian Armed Forces.
“My experience was great, I look forward to it every year,” Warford said in a message. “In my case it shows that females can do anything males can do, sometimes better! We never won, but we had lots of fun and motivation.”
Warford said it’s very important to support this cause as muscular dystrophy leads to muscle weakness and degeneration, and as the disease progresses it becomes much harder to carry out daily functions.
“It can eventually lead to life-threatening complications in some cases,” she said. “There is currently no cure for muscular dystrophy, so the more money raised the more research and tests can be done to help find a cure.”