Hundreds of people lined the waterfront to watch and participate in the fundraiser that supports the Rosalin Nickerson CARE Fund.
“Everything went really well,” said organizer Bethany Nickerson. “We were quite impressed with the day. Everything went well, even the weather.”
The Scott Family Timber Show got the ball rolling, competing and engaging the crowd in various lumberjack events that had everyone laughing and cheering. This is the fourth year that the family of lumberjacks have supported Row for Nanny.
“They draw a big crowd and they just participate in so much of it,” said Nickerson “Rowing dories throughout the day. Keeping the crowd pumped up and entertained between races. Competing as one of the survivor teams. If it wasn’t for the community supporting us, it wouldn’t happen.”
A silent row was held alongside the Cape Sable Island Causeway, where red and yellow wreaths were laid to remember those who lost their battle with cancer and to honour those who have survived, was followed by dory racing and Survivor Cape Island.
Dory racing was held in children, men’s, women’s and mixed classes, with each team collecting sponsorships of at least $25 to enter the races. Winning the children’s class was Kieran Hubbard and Robert Kane (3:43); men’s class, Dane Nickerson and Raymond Scott (3:12); women’s class, Alisha MacKinnon and Nicole Nickerson (4:24); and mixed, Nicole and Ward Nickerson (4:34).
Three teams competed in Survivor Cape Island, with the Scrabblin' Jacks defeating the Thingamajigs and the Whoemyas for the coveted title. Rounding out the Scrabblin' Jacks tribe was Faith Bower, Jordan Aulenback, Hallie Nickerson, Harrison Atkinson, Ward Nickerson, Nicole Nickerson and Nancy K.
The grand total for this year’s event so far is $11,742, which is about the same as last year, said Nickerson. The group does smaller fundraising events throughout the year as well.
“The volunteers in the group pull together every year to put it together. Their help is very much needed and appreciated,” said Nickerson, adding a thank you to everyone who helps out.
Funds raised by Row for Nanny’s Cure go to the Rosalin Nickerson Care Fund Society, which supports cancer patients from the Barrington and Clark’s Harbour. Including this year’s total, Row for Nanny’s Cure has raised close to $100,000 in support of the fund.
This year, the Rosalin Nickerson Care Fund Walk for a Cause is slated for Sept. 16.