The Big Chill

Lawrence­town school host­ing snow­shoe fundraiser for youth at risk

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY LAWRENCE POW­ELL WWW.ANNAPOLISCOUNTYSPECTATOR.CA LAWRENCE­TOWN

When Jas­mine Brushett dons her snow­shoes Feb. 18, she’ll be trekking 15 kilo­me­tres with a ver­ti­cal climb of 550 feet.

It’s a chal­lenge, but that’s what she’s there for.

She’ll be snow­shoe­ing for her school, Lawrence­town Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, in the se­cond an­nual Big Chill, a Give To Live fundraiser at the old Twin Oaks ski hill just north of Mid­dle­ton. Funds raised from this non-profit go to­ward youth at risk in Nova Sco­tia and par­tic­u­larly tar­get­ing stu­dents at LEC.

Jas­mine doesn’t call her­self an ex­pert, but she’s done the school’s Snow­shoe Chal­lenge 5-K route be­fore and she’s been train­ing and fundrais­ing a lot for the Big Chill, an event that at­tracts ath­letes from across the prov­ince.

“I think it’s go­ing to be hard and I think it’s go­ing to be fun,” she said. “At the end of it I’ll feel re­ally good about my­self and feel re­ally good that I raised all that money for the school.”

Give to Live

Lawrence­town Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre prin­ci­pal Jamie Pep­pard said Give to Live is a na­tional foun­da­tion that also does the Big Swim from New Brunswick to PEI, and the Big Ride which is the big bike ride around Cape Bre­ton.

“So they were look­ing for a win­ter event so they took on our Snow­shoe Chal­lenge and with the help of our stu­dents groomed it into their win­ter event to raise money for what they con­sider wor­thy causes,” Pep­pard said.

He said the course has been im­proved from last year and ath­letes can reg­is­ter for the 5-K, 15-K, and 30-K.

Prepa­ra­tions

Two of the LEC stu­dents who’ve been help­ing pre­par­ing the course are Mitchell Carey and Ken­dall Kerr. And they’ll be on the hill Feb. 18 mak­ing sure every­thing runs smoothly.

“As of late we’ve been get­ting out on the course, clean­ing it all up, mak­ing sure all the brush is out of the way,” said Mitchell. “Then once the ac­tual event comes around we get out on the course, we have sta­tions, and we have walkie-talkies and we’re just ba­si­cally a check-up, like if any­body’s feel­ing fa­tigue or needs wa­ter or any­thing like that we have that there.”

“The walkie-talkie - we ba­si­cally ra­dio down to the tipi if any­body feels they need any med­i­cal at­ten­tion,” Mitchell said. “Then we’ve got the snow­mo­biles and the four-wheel­ers that will come pick them up and take them down.”

Get­ting In­volved

“Peo­ple who want to be­come in­volved in the event sign up on the Give To Live Canada Helps web­site,” Pep­pard said. “Once they’re reg­is­tered they go around and find peo­ple that will sup­port them for the dis­tance they choose to snow­shoe. Once they get to a cer­tain level they’re con­sid­ered an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in that par­tic­u­lar dis­tance.”

Pep­pard said money goes into the Mid­dle­ton Ro­tary Club, the schools com­mu­nity part­ner and it gets fun­nelled to Pep­pard’s pro­gram and the school dis­trib­utes the funds. Sco­tia­bank is an­other part­ner.

Stu­dents at LEC come from both Kings and An­napo­lis coun­ties.

“I think LEC rep­re­sents an op­por­tu­nity for kids that maybe in the past haven’t had a chance to put their best foot for­ward in aca­demics, in com­mu­nity ser­vice, in the phys­i­cal side of things,” said Pep­pard. “By be­ing able to put that best foot for­ward and have that rec­og­nized they’re one step closer to mak­ing a smooth tran­si­tion into so­ci­ety and be­ing re­ally pro­duc­tive.”

LAWRENCE POW­ELL

Jas­mine Brushett, Mitchell Carey, Ken­dall Kerr, and Brit­tney Sher­metta hold the Big Chill sign that will be dis­played at the bot­tom of the Twin Oaks ski hill Feb. 18 dur­ing the Big Chill, a fundraiser through Give to Live, a na­tional foun­da­tion. Funds raised help youth at risk in Nova Sco­tia.

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