Chico, Calif. – How many people does it take to pull a 44,000-pound fire truck?
It turns out that number is only 10, especially when those individuals all work together for a good cause.
A new event taking shape in Chico is a test of strength and community spirit. A preview of a new fundraising event for the American Cancer Society took place in the parking lot of the Chico Mall.
Members of the Chico Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with the American Cancer Society and the Chico Fire Department for a fun and unique event.
It’s called, Pull for a Cure. Like the name suggests, the idea of the fundraiser is simple. Participants create a 10-member team, raise $500,000 then use their collective muscle to pull a fire engine!
Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge, who is serving as a 2018 Real Men Wear Pink Ambassador, says the public should not be intimidated by the weight of a fire truck.
Chief Standridge says the pull is fairly easy, saying it’s not too bad of a task because the inertia of the truck will get it rolling fairly easily, especially with 10 people pulling.
Matthew Foor, the community development manager for the Chico office of the American Cancer Society says the Pull for a Cure, says the strategy for taking part is simple: just have fun.
Foor says awards will be handed out for the fastest pull and the slowest pull. Teams can be comprised of all men, all women as well as co-ed, best team spirit, top fundraising team, top individual fundraiser and best team t-shirt design.
Chief Standridge adds, the event is also a great way for the public to learn more about the Chico Fire Department and meet members of the department; all while helping raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Pull for a Cure takes place Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in the Chico Mall parking lot from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Visit the American Cancer Society to learn more about creating a team and getting ready to pull!