Participants of the 2013 Wakamow Corporate Challenge on Tuesday will sacrifice just a little dignity to help upgrade washroom facilities.
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Ray Mann stands with the Wakamow Valley Corporate Challenge trophy he made with the help of a crafty beaver.
“The event is all geared around washroom challenges,” said Crystal Froese, Wakamow director of community relations. “Obviously in good taste.”
There are about 11 challenges this year that teams of four will be taking on. The challenges will climax with what Froese called “the toilet paper princess.”
“That’ll be something people have to come take a look at. It’s going to be hard to describe,” said Froese.
She compared the event to the TV show The Amazing Race, but with more toilet seats involved. It’ll make for an interesting game of horseshoes.
Other challenges will include filling up a bucket with water using only sponges and stacking rolls of toilet paper into a tower.
Proceeds will go directly to the outhouse-style washroom facilities in Lions, Connors and Rotary parks.
“They’re very outdated, and as most of the people that have used them know, they need some TLC and upgrades,” Froese said. “It’s not a glamorous thing to fundraise, but they’re very essential to have in a park and they’re also very costly to change.”
As of Friday, there were seven teams registered with space still available for last-minute entries.
Teams can buy their way out of difficult challenges.
“I’m looking forward to seeing which of these companies can dig the deepest into their pockets to get themselves out of doing some of these crazy things,” Froese said.
Teams will be competing for the 2013 Wakamow Corporate Challenge trophy.
According to a press release, the trophy was sculpted by a beaver and finished by Ray Mann. The beaver was responsible for the teeth marks and Mann was responsible for the logo of Wakamow Valley burned into the wood.
The challenge starts at 3 p.m. in Kiwanis Oval Park on Tuesday. The cost is $100 to register a team of 4, or $200 to sponsor one of the 11 challenges. More information can be found online at wakamow.ca or by visiting Wakamow’s Facebook page.
“The community has a lot of pride for this park. I’m certain that they’ll step up to the plate,” Froese said.
Austin M. Davis can be reached at 306-691-1258 or follow him on Twitter @theAustinX