Locals to take part in SOAR fundraiser - May 18, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
Londesborough-area resident Stacey Hummel and her sister Tracy Hiusser from Clinton will be participating in the Southern Ontario Amazing Race (SOAR) later this year and are looking for some local support.
“We considered doing it last year,” Stacey said. “We were looking for an adventure race and we found this one that is a fundraiser for the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington.”
The two have been involved in several different exciting activities over the past few years including the Tough Mudder run and rafting in Honduras and were looking for something close to home but exciting to try.
“It’s like a live-action Amazing Race like on television, but we really have no idea what it’s going to entail,” Stacey said. “We’re given the location of the starting line, and it’s all clue-based from there.”
The competition stretches across all of southwestern Ontario and has had events take place in Stratford, Orangeville, Brampton and, of course, Guelph.
The two have raised more than $2,000 of their $3,000 goal.
The race is recorded and the two have been watching videos of the past races to see what kind of events they may face, but the competitions are so varied, it’s difficult to plan ahead.
“It’s so varied, and it’s been running since 2004, so it’s hard to plan for it,” Stacey said.
“There’s no information about this year’s race, so it’s difficult to prepare,” Tracy said. “It can be anything from zip lining to crossword puzzles, or performing a song to sudoku. We really don’t know what to expect.”
The two are glad to be working for the foundation, which supports four main programs.
“They have the Food and Friends program, which looks to support children as a whole by providing not just breakfasts but a chance for children to socialize,” Stacey explained. “They have the Free to Play project, which funds sports, dance or other activities for children. The Adopt-a-Family program which matches donors with families that need help around Christmas. It’s not just gifts, but they provide all kinds of things the family needs.”
The fourth pillar of the program is scholarships, helping young people pursue educations.
The two are also thinking of running a similar event in Huron County but are waiting to experience SOAR before they start planning for it.
“We’re going to scope it out in the Guelph area and see if it would work,” Tracy said. “The only money made is through donations and everyone involved is volunteer so you have to have a strong base to make it work.”
For more information, visit therace.ca, contact Stacey at 519-525-1946 or Tracy at 519-955-4173 or to donate online, go to childrensfoundation.donorpages.com/SOAR2017/StaceyTracy/