Agencies Fight For Fundraising

The 9th annual Chatham-Kent Amazing Race supporting the local United Way branch is held August 23, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

A tough economy and competition for dollars is getting the blame for a drop in fundraising for this year’s Chatham-Kent Amazing Race.

The 2014 edition raised $55,000, down from $74,000 last year.

United Way of Chatham-Kent CEO Karen Kirkwood-Whyte says there were fewer racers this time around. “We’re hoping of course to make up that little bit of lost revenue in the fall,” says Kirkwood-Whyte. “I think there’s a lot going on in the community and a number of folks who will be looking to some new initiatives like the hospice, and the ALS ice bucket challenge has really been taking off.”

One of the fall events that Kirkwood-Whyte is most looking forward to is the first ever zombie run set for October 25.