Rain holds off for bus pull

Despite the skies opening up on competitors just near the end, the annual United Way bus pull event was a big success Saturday.

Running for more than five years, Pulling for My Community saw 14 eight-person teams pull a BC Transit bus across the Prospera Place parking lot, all to raise money for the local United Way.

“All the money that we raise stays local,” said Sarah Anne Taylor of the United Way.

“We reinvest it into social service organizations and programs that combat our three focus areas, being youth, poverty and community. So all the money that we raise here today is going to get reinvested right back into Kelowna.”

The competition worked as a round-robin tournament, with teams going head-to-head to see who can pull the bus the quickest. After all was said and done, the BMO team took the Community Cup.

“We had Crossfit Okanagan competing, Good Life Fitness, November Project, all big, strong folks, and then BMO just came out of the woodwork and took that cup,” said Taylor. “It was amazing.”

When all was said and done, competitors raised more than $18,000 for the local United Way, just shy of their $20,000 goal, but donations will be accepted online for a few more weeks.

“Everybody who pulled is the best. The fact that you got up and came here knowing that you were going to have to pull a bus, you're all the best in my eyes,” Taylor said.

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