Kids help kids at obstacle course fundraiser

OBSTAFUN was created by 10-year-old Danielle Pugsley and will help raise money for 40 charities on the West Island.

On July 8, Cedar Park Heights in Pointe-Claire will be transformed into an epic obstacle course for a fundraising event designed by kids, for kids.

OBSTAFUN is an annual event that will take place from 9 a.m to noon. Located in the park’s woods and nearby field, the 20-obstacle course includes a maze, a bridge crossing, and army crawls, and was designed entirely by children.

The idea for the event came from 10-year-old Danielle Pugsley, who initially thought it would be a fun activity to do with her friends. As more and more people showed interest in participating, the event took off.

The aim is to bring together kids 12 years and under for a day of fun while giving back to the West Island community.

Last year, participants helped raise $4,175 for Community Shares, an organization that works with 40 charities in the West Island to support children facing cancer, poverty, depression, autism, bullying, abuse and much more.

Registration for the event is now open. Starting at 9 a.m., participants will be able to do the course every 10 minutes. There will be no limit to how many times a child can do the course, however priority will be given to first-timers. Kids under 6 must be paired with an adult, as some obstacles may be too hard for them to finish alone.

The event costs $25 per person. Another way to support the event is to purchase a pass for a child in need who might otherwise not be able to participate. Organizers are also looking for teenagers to volunteer.

For more information, visit obstafun.ca.