If you ask Race to Erase co-founders Rich Bouchard and Scott McKay what their event is all about, they will sum it up in one word: fun. The Race to Erase is a road rally event in which teams of four visit businesses and local not-for-profits to compete in timed challenges. Members of the team with the fastest overall time are crowned the Race to Race champions and have their names engraved on the trophy. Each team is asked to fundraise a minimum of $500 and chooses which charity they would like their funds to support.
The idea for a road rally fundraiser came about when the two, who met through the Chamber’s Young Professionals Group, were playing a round of golf. McKay had organized a similar event for his office a few years prior and they both agreed that sending teams of four to compete in timed challenges throughout Lambton County would create a fun and unique experience for everyone involved. In the first year, the event was called the Race to Erase Hunger and participants raised funds for the Inn of the Good Shepherd’s Food Bank. In the second year, they ran the Race to Erase Homelessness and raised funds to help build the Good Shepherd’s Lodge. Since then funds have gone to support many more charities. To date the event has raised $476,000.