Anything is possible in a car rally, so why not be the first to register and maybe you’ll also be the first to finish, although with car rally’s time isn’t the only important factor. From left: Lion Diana Stewart, Janice Casselman, Brenda Whittaker, and Berneice Whittaker. Their team’s name was the Three Amigos. Tinkess Photo
MORRISBURG – Gentlemen and ladies, start your engines!
The dark skies that hung over South Dundas on the morning of Oct. 29 made way for sunny skies as the Morrisburg and District Lions opened registration for a car rally fundraiser for the New Dundas Manor.
People started to trickle in just before the 11:00 a.m. registration window. They came in ones, twos, and threes, some came just to donate while others reviewed the rules and regulations very closely, looking for any advantage they could find. For the most part, people were there because it was a cause they believed in.
Janice Casselman, Brenda Whittaker, and Berneice Whittaker were the first team to register, and their reason for being there was the same as you would hear from so many people in this area.
“We’re going to support the building of the Manor,” said Brenda Whittaker. “You know, we’ve heard lots about it. One of our friends is on the organizing committee.
“My father-in-law is going to be going there very soon.”
“And we like car rallies.”
A quick glance at the rules for the event, confirm that the rally is not so much a matter of speed as it is a matter of observation with a bit of luck mixed in.
On their journey, each team is to look for 10 items as part of a scavenger hunt. At some locations they will also be allowed to choose a playing card (five in total) so the best poker hand will also play a roll. They are also to keep a tally of the number of Support the New Dundas Manor signs they see.
All teams were expected to be back at the Legion by 3:00 p.m. at which time presentations would be made.
In short, it was a great day to spend with friends and family driving around the countryside while raising money for a great cause. It doesn’t get better than that.
Terry Tinkess is a professional photographer, educator and journalist. He has been making a living with a camera and keyboard since 1999 and has been featured in such publications as The Ottawa Citizen, Cornwall Standard Freeholder, The Globe and Mail, The Miami Herald, Ottawa Construction News, The Ontario Construction Report, Ontario Home Builder Magazine, Reed Construction Data, Canadian Potato Business and most recently, The Record and Eastern Ontario AgriNews. Terry lives in Ingleside, Ontario with his wife Brenda, Mia the anxious Pittie and cats Wally and Chubbers.