It’s time to shine and roll out your favorite rides for a good cause.
On May 30, the Highway 11 Cruisers Car Club team up with United By Trauma to raise money for first responders and military personnel who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Starting at 11 a.m., the event will run until 4 p.m. at Newmarket’s Ray Twinney Complex on Eagle Street.
Weather permitting, the Highway 11 club expects as great a turnout of cars as last year.
“With cars it is weather dependent, but with our season openers we’ve been known to get well over 400 vehicles going through the day,” said Mary Tuomisto, director of the Highway 11 Cruisers Car Club.
The day will include activities for the whole family, including three different runs, 1km, 5km and 10km, through a nearby neighbourhood.
“The charity will be hosting a run through the subdivision close by to help raise awareness,” said Tuomisto.
Other activities for the family include food vendors, live music, a beer garden, military vehicles, helicopters and Ontario Provincial Police dogs.
This event will be the season opener for Highway 11’s Show and Shine events. All makes and models of cars, trucks, motorcycles, tuners, ratrods and imports are welcome to the car show, with a minimum contribution of $5 per vehicle.
“At the event, we get everything from classic cars to motorcycles and hotrods,” said Tuomisto. “There really is something for everyone to enjoy at the event.”
Highway 11 Cruisers Car Club started in the summer of 2010 with the goal of bringing together people for good causes. Highway 11 has helped raise money for charities such as the SickKids Foundation and JumpStart.
“At cruisers we host our weekly cruise nights every Tuesday night from the middle of May into late October,” said Tuomisto.
United By Trauma, which originated in 2013, is comprised of volunteers from various emergency services such as police and firefighters. With the goal of reducing the stigma on mental health issues in the emergency responder communities, United by Trauma helps supply service dogs to first responders living with PTSD.
“We felt very honoured that they [United By Trauma] asked us to help participate with their organization and to their great cause,” said Tuomisto.
PSTD is an anxiety disorder that can appear after one suffers a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, military combat, crime, or major accidents.
PTSD’s symptoms can include, recurring flashbacks to the event. Changes in sleep patterns, feeling of anger, guilt, anxiety and fear.
Although anyone who suffers a traumatic event in their life can suffer from PTSD, workers in “high risk” occupations, such as first responders, are more likely to develop the disorder.
It is estimated in Canada that up to 10 per cent of war zone veterans will go on to experience post-traumatic stress disorder after their service.
For more information about United by Trauma and Highway 11 Cruisers Car Club visit www.irunandrock.ca and www.highway11cruisers.ca.
Written by Michael Rodrigues