CHAMPCAR/CART: H?pital Ste-Justine receives CARA donation

Cara Charities, Bridgestone Canada team up to keep children safe in "Buckle Up Baby" program. Hôpital Ste-Justine Receives $2,500 At Molson Indy In Gilles Villeneuve Circuit MONTREAL, Que., Canada (Aug. 21, 2002) -- The talented field of ...

Cara Charities, Bridgestone Canada team up to keep children safe in "Buckle Up Baby" program.

Hôpital Ste-Justine Receives $2,500 At Molson Indy In Gilles Villeneuve Circuit

MONTREAL, Que., Canada (Aug. 21, 2002) -- The talented field of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) drivers will "buckle up" their six-point safety harness before competing at nearly 300 kilometer per hour on Gilles Villeneuve Circuit this Sunday (Aug. 25) and many needy families from the Hôpital Ste-Justine will have the chance to perform a similar duty thanks to a generous donation at the Molson Indy.

With the assistance of the Bridgestone/Firestone Canada and Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary (CARA) Charities, Hôpital Ste-Justine will receive a $2,500 contribution as part of the "Buckle Up Baby" charity campaign to provide child car safety seats to low-income families across North America.

The Bridgestone/Firestone Canada and CARA Charities will present a $2,500 check to the Hôpital Ste-Justine this Sunday in pre-race events.

The CARA Charities "Buckle Up Baby" project, established in 1993, has donated over $475,000 to children's hospitals and clinics throughout North America and has been supported by auto racing legends such as Bobby Rahal, Rick Mears, Johnny Rutherford and Paul Newman and their families as well as motorsports industry leaders like Pat Patrick, Al Speyer and Les Unger to promote child safety.

In 2000, CARA Charities was awarded the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Buckle Up America Champion Award in recognition of this successful program.

"There are families protecting their children while traveling thanks to the generous contributions from the Bridgestone/Firestone Canada," said Mary Lou Bogner, national director of CARA Charities. "The lifesaving seats are well known for their ability to safeguard infants and children, but many low-income families simply cannot afford them. Because Bridgestone/Firestone Canada and others have recognized this fact, we have been able to use their contributions to aid hospitals, medical facilities and other agencies in purchasing seats for families in their communities."

CARA Charities was founded in 1981 and has distributed over $3.25 million dollars to numerous racing and community organizations. CARA serves the community through charitable work and promotes the friendship of all those involved in the motor sports family.

"Bridgestone/Firestone is proud to support CARA Charities and the Buckle Up Baby project," said Speyer, executive director of Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports. "In addition to providing financial support, we'll be working with CARA Charities to increase awareness about the impact of having and properly using child safety seats."

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Rick Mears , Paul Newman , Gilles Villeneuve , Johnny Rutherford