Lynsey Kitching


If you see some people looking a little sore lately, chances are they were one of the many folks who took hold of the rope and pulled with all their might trying to get the fire truck wheels a-turnin’ to raise money for the United Way and Tumbler Ridge.

All in all $3,650 was raised in a combined effort by the ten teams who participated. Teams included Anglo-American’s Trend mine, the Fire Department, the Lions club, Walter Energy (team one), Walter Energy Wolverine Mine, the District, Royal LePage, Work In Progress, Lakeview Credit Union (Chris’ Angels and Helpers) and Teck’s Quintette Coal Mine.

There were three prizes at the event. Winners included the Fire Department, who raised $700, the most money raised; Walter Energy Wolverine Mine who had the fastest time of 13.19 seconds; and Work in Progress (WIP) who won the most spirited award as they completed the fire truck pull in grass shirts and with big smiling faces.

Angela Robertson from WIP says, “It was heavy at first, but once you got it going, the momentum took over. The guys figured we would put the smallest to the biggest and I think that worked quite well. It was really fun!” She continues with a laugh, “Heavier than I thought for sure.”

For United Way Community Development and Campaign Officer Michele Brooke, this was her first Fire Truck Pull. “The response from the community was really great. To come up with ten teams for a first time event is really fantastic,” she says.

Fire Truck Pulls are also scheduled for Fort St. John and Fort Nelson this year. Unfortunately the pull organized for Chetwynd was cancelled because there was only one team entered and the event in Dawson Creek never gained momentum because as Brooke says, there were time constraints and obstacles along the way.

“For next year, good inroads have been made and it looks like we’ll have the two communities on board,” says Brooke.

The next event coming up for the United Way is their campaign with Finning Canada. A campaign is a way for a corporation to undertake some social responsibility by contributing and giving back to the community by raising money. These events can also be used as team building exercises. “Some find there is a disconnect between management and workforce, sometimes running something like this builds a lot of camaraderie, it can be a great team building exercise,” explains Brooke.

Some campaigns get really creative, for example running a dunk tank, where some of the managers get dunked.

Other ways the United Way is involved in Tumbler Ridge include contributing to the Lego Club; the Good Food Box (coming soon); and Success by Six, one of their initiatives. The funds raised by the United Way here in Tumbler Ridge, flow back into the community.

If groups are interested in working with the United Way, contact Michele Brooke at 250-263-9266.