“We were thrilled. We really were,” said Meghan Brophy, marketing director for the Race on the River.
“It was a great day, teams from away came, the weather co-operated, the amount raised surpassed all our expectations.”
Brophy and her fellow committee members have every right to be thrilled: This year's Race on the River raised pledges totalling $125,000 to support the event's three charities.
The top team pledge earners were the Crombie Crushers and Glen Hynes of the Crushers was the top individual corporate pledge earner. Freddy MacKay of the Riverview Rebels was the top community individual pledge earner.
This year's event saw many returning teams and Brophy said she was pleased to see new teams from outside the county taking part.
“We had a team from Amherst, the Y Nots, which actually won the final overall,” Brophy said. “We had the Sydney Harbour Dragon Flies. We had a lot of teams from away which is great to see for a local event. Having teams from away always boosts morale.”
In all, 30 teams took part in the 2014 Race on the River and, whether local or from elsewhere, their contribution of time and spirit was noted and very much appreciated.
“The whole day is really a high because as a community we really work so hard to achieve the common goal,” Brophy said.
“The whole day is such a high and knowing the day is here and morale is high starting in the morning and right through. I’m still on cloud nine, everybody as a community just worked so hard for this. It couldn't have gone better.”
Thirteen years into the event community participation and donations have yet to waver.