Alberni Valley Drag Racing Charity Cruise scheduled for August 6 – Vancouver Island Free Daily
The Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association is moving forward with the Thunder in the Valley charity cruise this Friday August 6th. The cruise was held in place of the annual drag races.
“COVID has made it difficult for everyone and this is our way of continuing to have fun, providing the citizens of Port Alberni with entertainment and raising money for two great causes,” said the vice president of AVDRA, Dave Beecroft.
The first is fundraising for the Tseshaht First Nation residential schools. âThey experienced immense grief with the stories that emerged from the residential school tragedies. We would like to help them in their project to create a monument to commemorate those who attended these schools and those who never returned home.
The second charity is the West Coast General Hospital Foundation emergency room expansion.
AVDRA received approval from the City of Port Alberni at the end of July to host its event, provided certain conditions are met.
Drivers wishing to participate in the cruise must pay a fee of $ 30 per car, which will be split between the two charities. Drivers will receive a Thunder in the Valley Charity Cruise t-shirt (for the first 300 registrants) and an event sticker.
âYou don’t need to have an old car to participate; it’s for charity, bring what you drive, âBeecroft said.
Members of the public will be able to purchase special orange Tseshaht First Nation T-shirts at the start and end of the event (Alberni Athletic Hall and Boston Pizza). Anyone wishing to donate to the event can do so in person at Speedy Glass (3599 Third Ave.), by wire transfer to [email protected], or through the GoFundMe page, Thunder in the Valley Charity Cruise.
âWe hope the citizens of the valley will support this great cause and cheer everyone on,â Beecroft said. There is a route map on page A4 of the August 4, 2021 print edition of Alberni Valley News.
Drivers are requested to arrive after 6 p.m. to register and queue. The cruise will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Alberni Athletic Hall parking lot and will end approximately 45 minutes later in the Boston Pizza parking lot at 3550 Johnston Road. The route was chosen to take drivers around town and past the former site of the Alberni Indian Residential School (AIRS), Beecroft said.
Drivers are urged to be especially careful when crossing Tseshaht First Nation lands and around the AIRS site. âPlease be respectful as we go around the site of the old boarding school and do no burnouts or screeching tires,â he said.
Burnouts and stunted growth are not allowed anywhere along the route.
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