Councillor John Maloney took a few moments Monday night to thank sponsors of Urban Jungle’s Obstacle and Fitness Challenge held August 12. This year the challenge raised $14,310. Of that, donations included $7,000 going to Lower Reach; $500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ after school program; $250 to the Railway Museum; $150 to St. John’s Ambulance; $250 to the Heritage House Museum; $1,000 for topsoil to the Town, $1,000 to the youth centre for a ping pong table and street-hockey equipment; and $1,000 to Jumpstart.
Maloney said 132 kids ran for free this year, each receiving a medal. Extra T-shirts from the challenge were sold at the Tweed Shindig and raised another $510 which will go to a pizza night at the youth centre, and next year Rideau Rendezvous is sponsoring a 400-female-burnout with proceeds going to Jumpstart; the burnout has already been registered with Guinness World Records. Maria Maloney says the best part and the largest number overall were the many “priceless muddy faces.”
To date, Maloney added, $20,000 has been raised through the Urban Jungle Challenge for fitness equipment for Lower Reach Park.