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Law Enforcement Car Show Raises Funds for Special Olympics Alberta

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Vintage vehicles, historic police cars and race cars were on display in south Edmonton on Saturday to raise money for Special Olympics Alberta.

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const. Amanda Trenchard of the Edmonton Police Department estimated that 70 to 80 cars were in the Servus Credit Union parking lot on Karl Clark Road around 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event was personal for Trenchard who has coached with Special Olympics for over 25 years.

“It’s to create awareness because often when people see people with disabilities, they see the disability, they don’t see the ability and our athletes have incredible abilities,” she said.

“By raising those funds, we then allow them to showcase those in sport, but it’s not just sport, they gain confidence in sport, but some of them speak in public, some of them they are part of athlete leadership groups, they often get enough confidence to go out into the world and get a job.

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The car show was open to anyone who wanted to show off their vehicle – each driver paying a $20 entry fee to support Special Olympics. The event was free for people to view the cars, however, donations were accepted. Proceeds from a $5 barbecue and a dip tank also supported the fundraiser.

Trenchard is a soccer and racquet coach. She said an athlete she coaches wanted to start snowshoeing about seven years ago and when they started running she couldn’t even run for 12 minutes. Now she runs half marathons and was supposed to compete in the national games this year in Russia before they were cancelled.

She added that it is important for athletes to show their abilities and the 2023 Provincial Winter Games at Sherwood Park next year is a good opportunity for them to do so.

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“We will have athletes from across the province coming to compete in different sports. So now is the perfect time for people to come and see these amazing athletes,” Trenchard said.

Neil Ivan, a Special Olympics athlete from Alberta with epilepsy, was at the car show on Saturday and said Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraisers mean a lot to the community .

“It means not bad. It means all the athletes will have the chance, who go to the provinces, to get funding for their sports and everything. They will help send athletes to provincial championships and a whole bunch of other things” , Ivan said.

“You get to see a bunch of your old friends that you haven’t seen in a while and you end up meeting a lot of people through Special Olympics.”

Ivan plays floor hockey, five-pin bowling and bocce with Special Olympics and has been involved for approximately 37 years. He said he will play as a floor hockey goaltender at the 2023 Provincial Winter Games at Sherwood Park.

Ivan said he really loves cars and enjoyed the vehicles on display on Saturday, including Ferraris, Camaros, Corvettes, a large gold and brown GMC Sierra truck, and more.

In 2021, $320,000 was raised across Alberta through the Law Enforcement Torch Run to support local Special Olympics programs.

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