Hands, the Family Help Network, is known as the family help network and now one local family is turning that around slightly with some impressive initiative and the help of scooter power.
Two North Bay boys - 10-year-old Vincent Pardy and seven-year-old Edward Pardy - have spent their summer on an adventure scootering the entire length of the Kate Pace Way and the Kinsmen Trail in North Bay (about 19.4 km). The exercise and adventure would have been good enough for most, but these two young go-getters also created custom T-shirts for their adventure and have been selling them, with the intention of donating the money to Hands.
On Sunday, September 27, at about 3 p.m., Vincent and Edward are planning to complete their long journey, scooting the last 2.2 km of trail and gliding across the finish line at the end of the Kate Pace Way (at Cranberry Road in Callander). It’s a finish 20 weeks in the making (they started on May 9).
Representatives from Hands will be there to cheer them on and thank them for their leadership and dedication in raising funds for the Agency.
The boys’ father, Jason, estimates the donation will be about $500. Jason also notes that the boys actually scooted the entire length of the trail twice, because after completing one leg of the trail, they’d have to scooter back to where their car was parked.
Anyone who wishes to cheer Vincent and Edward on at the finish line ceremony is welcome to attend. The event will be outside, but please remember to bring your mask and practice effective physical distancing and good hand hygiene.