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Fill the Y 2017

All proceeds from our fundraising events remain in the community and support our mission of improving the quality of life for the people of Grey and Bruce. Participate. Have fun. Make a difference!

Fill the Y: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fill the Y with fun, laughter, teamwork, compassion, potential, opportunity  

Registration now open: contact our Membership Services team at 519.376.0484 or visit in person

Why are we fundraising?

To make sure everyone in our community can participate in YMCA programs and services.  

Each year we must raise approximately $75,000 to meet the local need for subsidized memberships and make sure cost isn’t a barrier for anyone trying to access our Y.   

Annually we help about 800 individuals or families.  We are close to our goal and have raised over $55,000 already!  

Can you help us assist those last 200 people? 

What do I do?

Choose a challenge:
Cycle (25 spaces available)
Stretch (32 spaces available)
Zumba (30 spaces available) 
Tug of Oar (teams of 5)

All ages and abilities are invited to take part in this fundraising event. (see Youth Welcome, below)

Our individual events (Cycle, Stretch and Zumba) run concurrently and are 45 minutes each.  You'll sign in at the YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility by 2:45 PM.

Sign in for Tug of Oar, the team event, begins at 3:45 PM.  The first "face-off" will be at 4:30 PM in our Lane Pool.  Click here to check out a video showing you what Tug of Oar will be like.

A celebration will be held in our gymnasium between 3:45 – 4:30 PM, after individuals finish their challenges and as teams begin arriving to sign in.  Everyone can bond over our snack table, have an opportunity to win prizes, and help honour our top fundraisers.

How do I register & how much is it?

Registration is FREE.  

Register through YMCA Membership Services via phone at 519.376.0484 or in person at the YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility (700 10th Street E.).  Challenges will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  

Tug of Oar participants need to pick a name and choose a team captain, who will register the team as a whole.  Don't have a team?  Our Y will act as a ‘matchmaker’ if necessary and help connect people who want to join in but don't have a full team of five yet.

Everyone will receive a registration package with detailed information about the event, participation and photo waivers, a pledge form, fundraising tips and a ticket for our prize draw. 

Please challenge others to participate: if they give your name (or team name) at time of registration, you’ll get an extra ticket for the prize draw.

Youth welcome!  
Parents who have registered their children are asked to participate directly alongside them at our event.  Please consider maturity and ability level if registering youth under 16 for Cycle or Stretch classes.  Zumba will be a family-friendly edition, with children ages 3 and up welcome to join in with their caregivers.  All participants must be registered.  We’ll have a special Youth Philanthropy prize for top fundraiser under age 18! 


What’s that about pledges?

This fundraising event is pledge based: participants are encouraged to raise funds on behalf of the YMCA, which helps us assist people in need in your community on your behalf.

Individual participants are asked to aim for $100 in pledges, and teams are asked to collectively raise a minimum of $500 in pledges.  $100 is equal to about two months of an assisted membership for an adult (we subsidized 297 adult memberships this October).  $500 would allow us to subsidize membership for an entire family.  

We have plenty of fundraising support to offer you, including help setting up your own online fundraising page so you can easily share through social media or email friends and family about your challenge.  You are welcome to get creative: have your team throw a little bake sale and add the proceeds to your pledges, or challenge all of your friends and family to donate $5 and come watch you paddle it out in the pool.  You will be amazed at how fast it adds up! 

Set up your fundraising page >>

Need help with anything? 

Please contact us!  Connect with Alexandra Riccio, Communications and Fundraising Coordinator, at or 519.376.0484 x222.  You can also find her in person at the YMCA Health Fitness & Aquatics facility most weekdays between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; just ask at the Membership Services desk if she's free. 

Event Day Schedule

2:20 – 2:45  Individual Challenge Sign In
Arrive and sign in.  You’ll be greeted by staff who can answer any last-minute questions you may have, hand in pledges collected, receive prize tickets in exchange, and make sure your waivers are signed.

2:45 - 2:55  Warm Up in Gymnasium
Take part in a big, fun, group warm up. Instructors are introduced and lead their groups to their challenge.

3:00 – 3:45  ROUND 1 Individual Challenges: Stretch, Cycle and Zumba
Get moving and have fun!  Your challenge will finish with a stretch and cool down.

3:45 - 4:30  Intermission / Team Challenge Sign In

  • Individual Challenges have finished, participants change and gather in gymnasium
  • Team Challenge participants are arriving, signing in, and welcomed at reception in gymnasium
  • Everyone can enjoy healthy snacks while we announce our top fundraisers and award them their prizes (highest fundraising team will be awarded following Tug of Oar Challenge).  All participants will have time to put their raffle tickets in for the prizes they want, and then those prize draws will take place (everyone receives one ticket with registration, then for every $20 raised in pledges you receive another at sign-in).
  • Teams warm up and get an overview of how the Tug of Oar event will play out.  Our volunteer “Team Wranglers” are introduced and the procedure for getting in and out of canoes, and cued when it is their turn, is explained.

4:30 – 5:30   ROUND 2 Team Challenge: Tug of Oar

Teams & spectators proceed to pool deck; spectators along change room wall – depending on numbers we may use part of the upstairs walking/running track as a viewing area. Teams queue up in leisure pool area and are escorted to the pool by their Team Wrangler when it’s their turn to compete. 

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Running/gym shoes (if you’re in the Team Challenge it will be bare feet on the pool deck)
  • Completed pledge form and all pledge money.  Teams should sign in together, bringing the collected pledges on behalf of the team to registration.  A record of any pledges collected online by you and/or team will be available at registration.
  • Bring your completed waiver forms to registration.
  • Your excitement, energy and enthusiasm!