The fourth annual West Grey Ayton Trek for Tourette fundraiser took place on Sunday, March 31 at Normanby Community School in Ayton, part of a nation wide Trek for Tourette event. Despite March going out like a lion it did not stop people from coming out to support the cause.
In a submission to South Grey News, the West Grey Ayton Trek for Tourette saw 140 trekkers participate in the walk and a large crowd braved the wind and snow to watch the Tic Tock Tug Fire Truck Pull Competition. West Grey Fire Fighters took home the win pulling against Strong Man and Fundraising Legend Chris Kurz from Listowel.
Nine other teams took place in the pull prior to the main event including the West Grey Police, firefighters from Neustadt, Hanover, Listowel and Mount Forest; two teams from Phoenix Performance Centre and a couple of teams made up of Ayton residents.
Back Porch Events from Hanover donated prizes for the competitors valued at over $500 and even though the Truck Pull received the majority of the hype, the other fundraising efforts fared well including a bake sale, silent auction, face painting and vendors
At the time of publishing, $12,000 had been raised with more coming in and the hopes to exceed last year's fundraising total with last year's event being the top fundraiser out of approximately 14 locations across Canada.
Through a national network of affiliates, Tourette Canada provides a range of services to those living with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and their families with the main goal being to raise awareness and understanding of TS through education, advocacy, support and the promotion of research.
For more information about Tourette Canada visit tourette.ca. You can donate to the West Grey Ayton event here, select West Grey-Ayton from the drop down menu. And you can find the West Grey Ayton Trek for Tourette on Facebook at facebook.com/WestGreyAytonTrekForTourette.
"Our family is so grateful and our hearts are filled with the tremendous support from the surrounding communities and businesses," read the release. "It really does take a village."
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