Team Giv’r gives back

The Enterprise-Bulletin (Collingwood) - - FRONT PAGE - J. T. MCVEIGH The

COLLING­WOOD — They may have come sec­ond in the race but they are No. 1 in the hearts of nearly 300 stu­dents at Ad­mi­ral Colling­wood Ele­men­tary School.

Kenneth McAlpine and Ryan Lachapelle — fan favourites on the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show

Amaz­ing Race Canada — didn’t ex­pect to give mo­ti­va­tional speeches to stu­dents when they got back home af­ter the race con­cluded with a close sec­ond- place fin­ish re­cently.

“When peo­ple saw us dur­ing the first cou­ple of shows, some of the teams and fans watch­ing the show didn’t like us. They thought we were fake, we were too loud; they thought that we were putting it on for TV,” Lachapelle told the stu­dents.

“They said, ‘ This Team Giv’r is giv­ing too much en­ergy, they’re scream­ing and yelling, hav­ing too much fun.’ And peo­ple ac­tu­ally didn’t like us and then, week af­ter week peo­ple go to know us, and by the end we be­came the fan favourite.”

Their phi­los­o­phy of liv­ing in the mo­ment and giv­ing back has played out since they came back to Colling­wood. Since the show be­gan air­ing, the two have used the op­por­tu­nity to raise money for Hospice South Ge­or­gian Bay and the lo­cal food bank and are now col­lect­ing for friend Joshua Noronha, who suf­fered a bro­ken neck in a tram­po­line ac­ci­dent in April that has left him par­a­lyzed from the neck down.

They are sur­prised by the re­sponse they have re­ceived since they came back home.

“We ex­pected some­thing from this whole ex­pe­ri­ence and we were pre­pared to em­brace what­ever may come our way. We knew that it was go­ing to blow up be­cause of how far we made it, and we didn’t know that we were go­ing to be fan favourites,” said McAlpine.

The duo hopes to use the ex­pe­ri­ences to help pro­vide some ben­e­fits for kids.

“The at­ti­tudes that we brought to the race and the ex­pe­ri­ences that we had, peo­ple can find sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences in their own lives and that’s the bridge we want to make,” said McAlpine. “We did this amaz­ing tele­vi­sion pro­gram, but it is the things that we bring to the race that can ap­ply to ev­ery­one’s real life sit­u­a­tions.”

J. T. MCVEIGH/ THE EN­TER­PRISE- BUL­LETIN

Colling­wood's Team Giv'r, Kenneth McAlpine and Ryan Lachapelle, from this past sea­son's The Amaz­ing Race Canada, gave a pow­er­ful mo­ti­va­tional talk about char­ac­ter to stu­dents at Ad­mi­ral Colling­wood Ele­men­tary School. McAlpine was a past stu­dent at the school.

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