Plane pull challenge all about teamwork

Most people have never given much thought to how much an airplane weighs, let alone how they would tow it down a runway with eleven colleagues using nothing but a rope.

Most people have never given much thought to how much an airplane weighs, let alone how they would tow it down a runway with eleven colleagues using nothing but a rope.

Thanks to the second annual Valley First Credit Union Plane Pull Challenge for United Way, almost four hundred local people will undertake that very test of teamwork on May 27, with proceeds going to support 25 local United Way Community Partner Agencies.

The Valley First Plane Pull Challenge offers teams of 12 people the rare opportunity to pull a Kelowna Flightcraft Convair Stretch Plane 20 feet, crossing the MacKay Finish Line for the chance to win prizes and serious bragging rights.

The airport event, hosted by Kelowna Flightcraft, also features a barbecue, fun activities and their very own live band to keep the crowd energized.

Angela Brown, assistant vice-president of marketing for Valley First, says that sponsoring the event is all about giving back.

“Valley First’s roots in the Okanagan are very deep, and our tradition of helping the communities we serve is one we are very proud of,” Brown said.

“As a long-time supporter of the United Way, Valley First is pleased to add our name and commitment to the Plane Pull.

“It’s another way to demonstrate our ongoing support for such a wonderful organization.”

Teams of 12 can still register for this event on a first-come, first served basis.  There will be prizes for the fastest pulls as well as team spirit, best team costumes and most dramatic entrance onto the runway.

“Paying for team-building is sometimes pricey, but this is not,” said Harry Grossmith, United Way CEO. “For $750, you get an unforgettable group experience that challenges and rewards your team physically, mentally and socially.

For further information or to register for this event, contact Avril Tory Paice at United Way at 250-860-2356 or


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