If our neck of the woods is suffering an economic downturn, you sure wouldn't know it based on the generosity of district residents.
On Saturday, the inaugural “Layin' pipe in the fight” event near Pinewood, a collaboration between Brielmann Ag, Tait Bros. Contracting, and Prinsco Canada, raised more than $19,000 towards breast cancer research.
An impressive total considering 29 people raised some $5,400 in support of the Northern Cancer Fund just the week before during the second-annual cancer walk at the Spruce Creek Golf Course near Morson—money that is earmarked for the delivery of much-needed chemotherapy services at La Verendrye Hospital here in Fort Frances.
All that, of course, comes on the heels of the annual “Relay for Life,” which raised $27,000 for the fight against cancer over a 12-hour period in late June at the Fort Frances Curling Club despite having about half the turnout of people.
Hopefully this year's Terry Fox Run here, set for this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina (registration is at 1 p.m.), also will be the beneficiary of that same generosity.
Fortunately, the district also answers the call for a myriad of other causes—whether it's attending fundraising galas for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, or groups like Ducks Unlimited, the Legion Ladies' Auxiliary, and the “Friends of the Museum,” or taking part in a motorcycle ride around the region in support of the local Alzheimer's Society.
There's certainly no shortage of needs, either. This Saturday, for instance, the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society is holding a “kick-off” event (featuring a fall dinner and auction) to help fund a total renovation of the exhibition hall and re-construction of the food venues at the Emo fairgrounds.
No matter the reason, from fighting a disease to backing a community group or project to helping neighbours in need, district residents continue to open their wallets selflessly and without hesitation.
In a word: incredible!