From left to right at the cheque presentation are Jon Pitcher (TransCanada Community Relations Lead Ontario), Roger Houde (RRCA General Manager), Josianne Sabourin (RRCA Administrative Assistant) and Lissa Deslandes (Canoe Race Co-ordinator).
Conditions are expected to be close to perfect for the 43rd annual Raisin River Canoe Race that's set for a week from now, on April 19.
"The Raisin River is a magnificent natural feature in Eastern Ontario and this race provides an excellent opportunity to highlight its significance," said Roger Houde, general manager of the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, which co-ordinates the event.
Organizers note the water is flowing well, most of the ice is gone, and conditions will be ideal for what is the longest canoe race in the region, an event first held in 1973.
With a 30-km, winding course running from St. Andrews to Williamstown, the event is a challenging one, but held early in the spring when water levels are high and flows are favourable for paddlers.
And, favourable for event organizers is more financial support from TransCanada, a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure, which has provided a cheque for $5,000.
"We're pleased to announce TransCanada has once again joined us with this popular community event," Houde said.
Said TransCanada's Jon Pitcher: "TransCanada is very proud to be a participant in this wonderful springtime tradition for a second year in a row."
Hundreds of paddlers are expected to compete in the event, canoe and kayak enthusiasts from across Ontario and Quebec, with hundreds of spectators lined up along the route.
Everyone is invited to participate, starting with a pre-race breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council 10416, at the St. Andrews Parish Hall, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.
The race will start at 10:30 a.m., and post-event banquet and awards will be at the Char-Lan Recreation Centre beginning at 3 p.m.
More event details, including on registration, and canoe rental information, can be found on the RRCA's website, at www.rrca.on.ca.