Dragon boat fundraiser at Highland Ford

John Brannen
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Riverview Rebels hope to raise at least $6,000 from one day event

The Riverview Rebels were at Highland Ford on Saturday to raise funds for their riverboat team. Back row from left: Wanda Zugay, back left, Fred Mackay, Linda Barker, Chasity Chennell, Sandra MacDonald, Amy Delorey, Suzanne Brown, Gayle Richard Front row from left: Angie Bona, Mike Sewell and Carris Austin.

WESTVILLE – When the Riverview Rebel dragon boat team asked Highland Ford to support their fundraising efforts, it was a stroke of genius.

Nearly a dozen team members and volunteers were at the Westville dealership to encourage people to donate through a 50/50 draw, BBQ and silent auction. The main fundraiser was through Ford, who donated $20 to the participating community partner - up to $6,000 total – by taking a test drive in a vehicle through the Ford Drive4Ur Community initiative.

All monies raised for the Riverview Rebel dragon boat team will go to the New Glasgow Dragon Boat Society, who in turn donates the funds to local charities.

This year’s Race on the River will be on July 27.

Linda Barker, co-owner at Highland Ford, said the Drive4Ur Community event is an opportunity for Ford to give back to the community.

“Over the past four years, we’ve hosted 13 school and community events,” said Barker. “In total, Ford has given back around $50,000 to Pictou County.”

Team member Chasity Chennell said the Riverview Rebels have been raising money all year.

“This will be the team’s second year in the race. It’s a great way to give back to the community.”

Freddy MacKay applied for the team to be the recipient of Highland Ford’s Drive4Ur Community event. “Last year, we raised around $4,300 dollars in four months,” he said. “Realistically, our goal is for this year’s race is $20,000 for local charities.”

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Race on the River is a one-and-a-half-day festival. Friday night will start with the ceremonial Awakening of the Dragon followed a little later with an old fashioned kitchen party at the outdoor theatre of Glasgow Square. There will be a free concert on Friday night starting at 8 p.m. featuring The Unknownz.

 

john.brannen@ngnews.ca

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Organizations: Ford Drive4Ur Community, New Glasgow Dragon Boat Society, Women Alike Breast Cancer Survivors Society Pictou County Prostate Cancer Support Association

Geographic location: Pictou County

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