Those who think Dwight is a small town should pause to consider that it has an enormous heart. The CIBC Run for the Cure rolled into the Community Centre this morning. Over 200 people lined up at the start to run for research to cure breast cancer. The wonderful folks from the Northern Lights Steel Pan Orchestra, based out of -- all the unlikely places -- Sundridge, entertained. The volunteers did a fantastic job of getting people registered, welcomed and onto the course. A sea of pink washed across the parking lot, with eleven teams running to raise money, along with a multitude of individuals. Ernie Martin showed up in the role of the official Pace Car with his official Ernie Martin Chick-mobile, a 1954 Meteor, in mint condition. His daughter Deb drove for him this year, so he could really take in the fall colours and cheer on the runners. A pack of dogs were there, almost all on official CIBC Run for the Cure collars and matching leads. A large box of dog cookies and a water bowl were strategically placed to welcome the four-footed contingent. And the band played on. My gosh, what a group this is. If you have the chance to catch one of their performances, jump at it. When everyone is there, the orchestra numbers about 70 people, ranging in age from 6 to 76, and all of them young at heart. The hint of rain -- well, yes, it finally was much more than a hint -- did nothing to dampen their smiles and enthusiasm. This group plays some 36 engagements during the season, and Dwight was fortunate to have them, playing their last concert of this season. Steel drums as a musical instrument originated at the end of WWII in Trinidad, where the Americans had a refinery, and left a bunch of used, battered oil drums lying about. The locals, ever creative, took these castaways and starting pounding out a toe-tapping beat. Over the years, the pans have been refined, but the island rhythms remain undimmed. If this band doesn't get you moving to the beat, there are two excellent funeral homes in Huntsville that are waiting for you. Now. Meanwhile, when the day was done, the CIBC Run for the Cure in Dwight raised -- wait for it -- $47,500 (give or take)for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, which is an outstanding feat. Congratulations to everyone, for making this such a special day.
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