James Turner Centre Stage. We are thrilled to tell you that we have just experienced our best fund raising event to date for the Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation. Over $15,000 was raised at the Canada Day Shoot Out in Cayuga this past ...
James Turner Centre Stage.
We are thrilled to tell you that we have just experienced our best fund raising event to date for the Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation. Over $15,000 was raised at the Canada Day Shoot Out in Cayuga this past weekend. However our fund raising is more than just about dollars. It's about Awareness and sometimes it's about memorable moments for Courageous people. People like James Turner.
Sunday evening nearly 20,000 race fans listened as the Cayuga Announcer began to talk about Rick Hansen and his journey. Throughout the hour or so leading up to the race we heard the name Rick Hansen countless times. Fantastic Awareness for the Rick Hansen Foundation.
As the NASCAR drivers readied their cars for the Auto Parts Plus/Auto Plus Charity Race Shoot Out, the fans were told about the generosity of Uni-Select. Uni-Select donated $5,000.00 and the winner of the Charity race would donate these dollars to the Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation. James Turner and his Dad, Al then came into the Winners Circle. Al talked about the Rick Hansen Foundation and the our fund raising efforts. He then conveyed to the fans the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a tumor on James' spinal cord and the fact that his standing there beside him was truly a miracle. It was a very emotional moment and many fans were quite moved by his story. It was then time for the Charity Race and James was handed the microphone and we heard "Gentlemen Start Your Engines" and the NASCAR drivers fired up their engines and put on a very exciting 10 lap event for the fans. Matt Kenseth was the winning driver and presented the cheque. James Turner accepted the cheque from Matt on behalf of the Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation and expressed his thanks to everyone involved. James is truly a great ambassador for the Foundation.
A very special thanks to MMC Group who arranged for our Show Car and t-shirts sales location to be positioned directly at the entrance gate where everyone could read our Rick Hansen Banner.
Under beautiful sunny skies in sweltering heat our many volunteers worked tirelessly on Saturday and Sunday selling Blue Streak Racing t-shirts. Although the fans do get a top quality t-shirt for a $10.00 donation, this CASCAR/NASCAR event was a very expensive outing for a family and therefore posed a tough sell for everyone.
Long hours were put in by so many and very special thanks go to Shirley Turner, Gord Turner, Aryn Jones (daughter of Linda Jones), and her friend Kristin Petherick who all worked well over 20 hours throughout the weekend.
On Sunday we had set up a work schedule for the Blue Streak Territory Managers but they elected to stay on and work together many extra hours selling t-shirts. Very special thanks to Larry Raymond and his great team of guys -- Curtis Erion, Brian McIntyre, and Dave Steed and a enormous amount of appreciation to John Kluczkowski who worked the crowd the entire day in temperatures ranging at 90 plus degrees. Over 1,000 t-shirts were sold on Saturday and Sunday.
Rick Hansen is a man known for his Courage and Determination and in that regard he and James Turner walk hand in hand. Blue Streak and Turner Motorsports want to be a part of that truly happening one day and we believe that the efforts of all of us who support the Rick Hansen Institute will help them find a cure for spinal cord injury.
For more information please contact: www.rickhansen.org