Delta firefighter Reid Taylor is once again making a dash for cash — all in support of BC Children’s Hospital.
A nine-year veteran of the department, Taylor has run the 40-yard dash in full firefighting turnout gear for the past few years, raising more than $10,000 in the process.
He will take on the challenge again at the fire hall in Ladner on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 24.
Taylor was inspired by the RunRichRun initiative where popular NFL Network host Rich Eisen runs the 40-yard dash in a suit and tie at the NFL Combine, a week-long event in March in which NFL scouts get a chance to work out the top U.S. college football players in preparation for the NFL Draft in April.
Eisen completes the dash each year in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. The NFL Network donates $1 to St. Jude for every use of the hashtag #RunRichRun and #StJude up to $25,000 and Eisen encourages others to do the same and post videos of their dash on social media.
“The time thing [for the 40-yard dash] is a personal fun thing to kind of hold back father time,” said Taylor. “I actually went on a tour of the new facility at BC Children’s Hospital last April and you could see first-hand what they do there, so that continues to be the motivation. It’s all about raising money to help these kids.”
Besides the dash, Taylor is stepping up his fundraising efforts this year with a fundraising dinner that was held last weekend in Mission where he lives.
He is hoping all his efforts will raise $8,000 or more.
“There are some corporate donations and the Delta Firefighters Charitable Society will also be donating,” he said. “The idea after I do the dash is that hopefully others will be inspired to do the same and donate to BC Children’s.”
To donate to Taylor’s cause see: https://secure.bcchf.ca/SuperheroPages/main.cfm?Member=94171&Event=ICE.