Nothing short of amazing 0
It seems like a long time has passed since I used this space to talk about Tracy McGibbon and her Bancoft-Athalon idea.
But it hasn't been long and from the spark of an idea to pulling off a great event- it was hardly any time at all.
And that's what's so great about McGibbon- this woman is nothing less than a fountain of creativity and energy when it comes to accessing a new Olympia for the NHCC.
Her Bancroft-Athalon idea- The Amazing Raise, included bringing together multiple teams of ten participants to compete in some wacky events.
But before you could play- you had to find some cash.
And find we did.
By the end of the day, McGibbon reported that $10,000 had been raised. Add that to $40,000 from Hastings Highlands and $20,000 from Faraday and there seems like there's hope- even without any cash from Kraft.
With money collected- McGibbon ensured that all the participants had the best day ever. McGibbon, her husband Barry and their team of notable volunteers kept a disparate group of costumed competitors engaged and entertained as she provided event after fun event to test our skills.
Mayor Jenkins was there to encourage, Deputy Mayor Wiggins was there to laugh at us and Lucille Kyle made sure that all things were fair.
Faraday's Dennis Purcell was even kind enough to let us know where the rocks were as we rolled down hills in a painful obstacle course.
Kids, adults- everyone played well even with a few gags along the way.
By the end of the event, fudgesicles in hand, we were happy to join Wayne Wiggins in three cheers for Tracy McGibbon.
Fun, laughter, sunburn and bruises aside, the good news is not only that money was raised for the NHCC; the good news is that McGibbon wants to run the event each year to help different groups raise funds for different causes.
So if you missed out on the spider web, the plank walk, the dreaded 5-man-ski or the other bizarre challenges that the organizers thought up, you can look forward to next year.
And in the mean time, if you see Tracy McGibbon, give her a hug and thank her for making our community her priority.
It's this kind of spirit that will keep us young at heart and ready to face all of our challenges.
As Dennis Purcell posted on Facebook after the event- Tracy and Barry [McGibbon] should be nominated as volunteers of the year 2012. This couple have my vote.
They've got mine as well.