Thirty-one students from three Willoughby churches, Mountainview Alliance, Jericho Ridge Community, and the Willows Community Church, set out early on Saturday, June 11 to compete for their favourite charity in the Amazing Race 2011 – Youth Charity Edition.
The students were asked to raise money for their favourite charity, however, the conditions were, that the winning team of the Amazing Race would receive all of the donated money for their registered Canadian charity, and so the students were motivated to compete hard in 23 challenges that tested their mental, physical and emotional endurance throughout the day.
The challenges ranged from diving to the bottom of the ocean at Crescent Beach to retrieve bricks, to a weeding challenge at the Maples Discovery Garden’s Co-op on 200 Street in Langley, to collecting canned goods for those less fortunate, to hitting targets with a giant slingshot.
Everyone involved had a good time in the effort which raised $3,227 for the winning team’s charity, Hope Haven Canada.
The organizers of the event were from the three churches, and they plan to repeat the Amazing Race next spring.
“We are looking to making this a yearly event that grows and engages more students within the community. It is so great to see students gain a vision for the wider community and those less fortunate around the world,” said Jay Ewing, pastor at Mountainview Alliance.
Anyone who would like to become involved in next year’s Amazing Race is invited to contact any of the three churches.