OAC pulls out the stops for charity

Thursday, December 7, 2006

  • The Aggies face-off against the 5-0 in the Tractor Tug for Tots

    The Aggies face-off against the 5-0 in the Tractor Tug for Tots

Last week, the OAC Class of ’08 helped prove their commitment to charity by organizing an event where teams of eight would drag seven-and-a-half tons of farm equipment 150 feet, and they called it “Tractor Tug for Tots”.

Lined on Reynolds Walk outside Rozanski last Tuesday were two John Deere tractors, 17,000 pounds each. Nearby, 30 teams of volunteers, all of whom came to bring the essential talents of strength and speed in order to pull their tractor the requisite length of the course; from the front of Rozanski to the front of Landscape Architecture.

The charity: Sunshine Dreams for Kids, a non-profit that helps fulfill the dreams of children living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. Sunshine Dreams for Kids has realized the dreams of more than 6,200 kids since it’s inception in 1987 and has the support of numerous corporate and community groups across the country.

When the dust settled, the team from the Elmira Farm Service took first place followed by the Guelph Police then the OAC 2007 Heavy Weights. All in all, the event raised more than $12,000 for Sunshine Dreams and Mark Foresi, a representative from Sunshine, couldn’t have been more pleased. "I've been to a lot of fundraisers around the country and in terms of organization, money raised and sheer enjoyment of the event, this ranks among the top."

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