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People’s thoughts in Pictou County have had plenty of occasion recently to dwell on what can be accomplished when we work together.

That’s pretty much the founding philosophy of the United Way. And now the organization is mounting an event literally of mammoth proportion to illustrate just how true that is.

The call is out for teams of 10 members each to sign up (deadline Sept. 15) for Pulling for Change on Sept. 21, with the aim of pulling a 20,000-pound fire truck 50 feet. Jessica Smith, executive director of the United Way of Pictou County, describes the fundraiser as not entirely about raising money for the organization, but as a fun way to bring the community together. It’s also a kickoff for the United Way annual fundraising campaign.

The prize is bragging rights and awards for fastest time, but this is shaping up to be one of those events where everyone’s a winner, and everyone gets to show off their muscle – imagined or otherwise. In fact, keeping with the fun theme, most spirited and best dressed will also be recognized, along with best effort.

Smith said she’s heard of one prospective team already working on their strategy.

We’ll have to leave that one to the imagination for now. But off the record, some wannabe strong types here at The News are putting a team together – and you can bet we’ll have a strict training regimen in place between now and competition day. Consider the gauntlet thrown.

It would be hard to think of a more fitting way to provide a picture of how the United Way works. Through its fundraising efforts, the organization in turn funds local programs and services that offer a helping hand. It’s a model that typically sees 12,000 people in the county receive help through one service or agency or another.

And the added beauty of it is, as the United Way name suggests, everybody can contribute, everybody pulls together.

Organizations: United Way

Geographic location: Pictou County

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