First event of the season surpasses expectations
© Jamie Heap
Off-road enthusiasts enjoyed the first COHVC rally of the season this past Saturday at Brown Mill in Southampton. Over $3,500.00 was raised in support of Springhill Ground Search and Rescue. The COHVC works together to maintain trails while supporting worthwhile causes in the community.
SOUTHAMPTON-The first rally of the 2013 Cobequid Off Highway Vehicle Club (COHVC) season surpassed expectations this past Saturday in Southampton.
“Altogether, there were 193 poker hands,” stated Mike MacPherson, president of Springhill Ground Search and Rescue. “Over $3,500 will be raised today.”
Springhill Ground Search and Rescue, which, in concert with Pugwash Ground Search and Rescue, held a mock search last month at the Amherst Shore Provincial Park, was the organization benefitting from the COHVC’s first rally of the season.
“Each year, COHVC holds fundraisers such as this rally in support of local organizations such as the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Junior ‘A’ Ramblers and Junior ‘C’ Colts,” stated Troy Henwood, vice-president of the COHVC.
President Doug Marshall was unavailable for comment as he was out on the trails.
“Last May, we held a rally in support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). In September, we held one for the Oxford Fire Department,” Henwood added.
Last year, when Paula MacPhee, a person with ties to COHVC, died, Springhill Search and Rescue helped out. It was COHVC’s chance to return the favour.
Springhill Search and Rescue is a volunteer, non-profit organization that requires money to maintain such infrastructure as its command post and rescue vehicles.
“We were only expecting 125,” stated Henwood. “This has been a phenomenal rally. We are really happy that everyone came out to support this great cause.”
People from Amherst, Oxford, Parrsboro, Five Islands, Halifax and St. Stephen, New Brunswick travelled to Southampton for the first ATV rally of the season.
“The COHVC is one big happy family that works together to maintain off-road trails while supporting worthwhile causes in the community,” stated Henwood.
Springhill Search and Rescue will be helping to direct traffic in Pugwash during the Gathering of the Clans and at Pugwash Harbour Fest during the month of July.