The Women Walking for Hope are back at it again, raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society Renfrew County Community Office Wheels of Hope program. They have organized the 2nd Annual Amazing Community Challenge, slated for May 11. From left are Lesley Buckingham, Jeris Chalmers-Wein and Susan Chalmers. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)


2nd Amazing Community Challenge May 11

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2019


The 2nd Annual Amazing Community Challenge will have contestants explore Petawawa and Pembroke, discovering things they’ve never imaged would be here.

Part fundraiser and part game, the May 11 event brings new challenges and new locations to participants, all while raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society Renfrew County Community Office Wheels of Hope program.

“We find that this is a really great way to get the community involved as well as using local businesses that people may not have heard of before,” said Jeris Chalmers-Wein, one of the organizers. “So it raises awareness of what our community might have to offer.”

This year, there are 12 different challenges spread out between the two municipalities and hosted by local businesses and community groups. There ar

challenges of the mind as well as physical challenges, and none are extreme or impossible to complete.

“It’s all about fun,” said co-organizer Lesley Buckingham, adding that half the challenges are new this year.

The challenge is organized by Women Walking for Hope as part of their roster of fundraisers they hold throughout the year. Since the group’s inception, members have raised thousands of dollars for the transportation service; they hope to reach a cumulative $50,000 with this event.

This program is used by cancer patients who need a ride to Ottawa, Pembroke, Renfrew or Kingston for treatment, or other cancer-related appointments. 

It is recommended, but not necessary, that teams be composed of four members. Participants should also bring a change of clothes in case they get wet and sturdy shoes. It costs $25 per person.

The Amazing Community Challenge kicks off at the Jubilee Lodge Marina, Garrison Petawawa, at 8 a.m.

More details can be found on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/womenwalkingforhope or by calling or texting Lesley Buckingham at 613-633-1465 or Susan Chalmers at 613-635-2527.