Team Give'r gives and gives
J.T. MCVEIGH/The ENTERPRISE-BULLETIN Collingwood's Team Give'r Kenneth McAlpine and Ryan Lachapelle from this past season's television show Amazing Race Canada gave a powerful motivational talk about character to students at Admiral Collingwood Elementary School. Disproving that you can never go home again, McAlpine was a past student at the school.
COLLINGWOOD – They may have come second in the race but they are Number One in the hearts of nearly 300 students at Admiral Collingwood Elementary School.
Kenneth McAlpine and Ryan Lachapelle — fan favourites on the popular television show The Amazing Race Canada — didn’t expect to give motivational speeches to students when they got back home after the race concluded with a close second-place finish recently.
“When people saw us during the first couple of shows, some of the teams and fans watching the show didn’t like us. They thought we were fake, we were too loud, they thought that we were putting it on for TV,” Lachapelle told the students.
“They said, ‘This Team Giv’r is giving too much energy, they’re screaming and yelling, having too much fun.’ And people actually didn’t like us and then, week after week people go to know us, and by the end we became the fan favourite.”
Their philosophy of living in the moment and giving back has played out since they came back to Collingwood. Since the show began airing, the two have used the opportunity to raise money for Hospice South Georgian Bay, the local food bank and are now collecting for friend Joshua Noronha, who suffered a broken neck that has left him paralyzed from the neck down in a trampoline accident in April.
They are surprised by the response that they have received since they came back home.
“We expected something from this whole experience and we were prepared to embrace whatever may come our way. We knew that it was going to blow up because of how far we made it, and we didn’t know that we were going to be fan favourites,” said McAlpine.
The duo hope to use their experiences to help provide some benefits for kids.
“The attitudes that we brought to the race and the experiences that we had, people can find similar experiences in their own lives and that’s the bridge we want to make,” said McAlpine. “We did this amazing television program, but it is the things that we bring to the race that can apply to everyone’s real life situations.”