Celebrating the Success of the 2nd Annual WestBridge Vocational Fire Truck Pull

 

 

 

The 2nd Annual WestBridge Vocational Fire Truck Pull was recently held on April 13th. The event successfully raised community awareness of WBV’s mission of providing job-training skills and job opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment. On behalf of WBV, our Board, employees, and those served, I extend our sincerest gratitude to our sponsors, pull team participants, and volunteers. And congratulations to Sylva Supply Company, this year’s champions, and the Tim Tebow Foundation, their non-profit of choice that won a $250 donation because of Sylva Supply Company’s winning efforts.

 

Overcoming Challenges

 

The actual event’s highlight was the remarkable display of resilience and teamwork. We faced a challenge just minutes before the event began: the five teams needed ten participants to pull the fire truck. However, instead of giving up, we rallied together. We asked spectators to join teams and were overwhelmed by the response. This spirit of unity and determination is what makes our community so special.

 

Unexpected Heroes

 

Macon Citizens Habilities from Franklin traveled across Cowee to attend the fire truck pull. When word spread that we were searching for volunteers, two young men with disabilities came forward and asked to join a team. They stole the show! Seeing David and Sammy give their best effort to pull the rope to get the truck moving, followed by high fives, hugs, and pats on the back after crossing the finish line, and ending with laughter and reminiscing of the fun and accomplishment—it was fitting.

 

A Display of Inclusion and Enthusiasm

 

At WBV, we believe in providing equal opportunities and fostering a sense of inclusion. The effort, enthusiasm, and desire for inclusion that David and Sammy displayed at the event are the same qualities our job coaches see daily. Individuals with disabilities want the same choices and opportunities, and we are committed to making that a reality. At next year’s 3rd Annual WestBridge Vocational Fire Truck Pull, David and Sammy will be asked to co-captain a team. We are confident that any of this year’s twenty-three sponsors would gladly cover the team’s entry fee because these young men are winners before they even pick up the rope to pull.

WestBridge Vocational is a non-profit organization that provides programs and services that bridge the gap between people with disabilities or disadvantages and gainful employment. We support our mission primarily through our work as a leading manufacturer of disposable surgical products for major medical companies.

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