At 22 months, Paisley Amyotte is too young to participate, but she’s the inspiration for the Cartier fire-truck pull on June 14 in Elie.
Paisley’s father Moe, a volunteer firefighter in Cartier, said he and wife Amy spent many hours at the pediatric oncology ward at Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. It was there that Paisley was hospitalized for six months while being treated for a brain tumour discovered when she was seven months old.
"Everything looks good now," Amyotte said.
But the experience made him want to get involved in fundraising for the ward, CancerCare Manitoba and the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Group. He read about Ontario firefighters holding a fire-truck pull for charity and decided to try the same event in Elie.
By the time he’d settled on the plan, there was only a month to go before last year’s Elie Fall Fair in September, so there wasn’t time to do much promotion for the pull, and the event was held with only a handful of teams. This year he’s combined the pull with the day-long RM of Cartier centennial celebration and hopes to attract as many teams as possible.
He said teams of 10 will pull the truck for 60 feet in a timed event on Main Street. Teams and individuals can fundraise and there will be prizes for the top fundraiser, fastest team and others participating, with the top prize being a flight for two on Calm Air to any destination the airline flies.
Information on the fire-truck pull is available on the RM of Cartier web site at www.rm-cartier.mb.ca or by calling Amyotte at 204-353-4491.