April 17, 2015 2:00 pm

Habitat for Humanity gears up for Amazing Foot Rally


WINNIPEG – Habitat for Humanity is gearing up for their annual Amazing Foot Rally: Exchange Edition scavenger hunt.

The all-day Amazing Race-style challenge is part scavenger hunt, part foot rally. Teams of two to four people will get clues to help them locate different places throughout the Exchange District, where they’ll perform either mental or physical tasks.

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“It’s not necessarily about winning, but about getting out with your friends and family and enjoying the day,” said Amanda MacDonald from Habitat for Humanity, who has previously participated in the event.

Like all fundraisers for Habitat, the pledges go directly to the costs of building a new home for purchase, said Margaret Haworth-Brockman, also from Habitat for Humanity.

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“There are so many reasons to provide good housing for people. It really helps stabilize families, pursue education, gather some assets and move on with their lives,” said Haworth-Brockman. “[They’re] people who may have been stuck for a long time — particularly in bad housing.”

Nicole Foster, a Winnipegger who participated in Season 2 of Amazing Race Canada, is the event’s keynote speaker.

The event gives participants a chance to familiarize themselves with an area of Winnipeg at street level.

“Every year we choose an area of Winnipeg, so that Winnipeggers get to know it a little better on foot,” said Haworth-Brockman.

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The Amazing Foot Rally is in its third year. It was held at The Forks last year.

The event takes place May 2. Team registration is $120, plus a minimum of $200 raised.

Sign up at www.habitat.mb.ca.

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