Kids get chance to Touch a Truck

Touch a truck with Team 4 Hope at Panorama.

Team 4 Hope is a running club of 13 women, five from Sidney, that raises a little money on the side while training for marathons. Last year they raised more than $50,000 for pediatric cancer research and hope to achieve that goal again this year.

“Touch a Truck is a family event where we’re trying to get as many different kinds of trucks as possible,” said team member Melissa Drolet of Sidney. “They’ll be able to climb in the truck, pretend to drive, talk to the drivers, honk the horn.”

Vehicles from ambulances to Zambonis will be represented alongside regular fair fare including face painting, a bouncy castle and barbecue.

Raising cash for the cause is a personal affair for Team 4 Hope who are all extended family members. Original member Lisa Hopkins’ son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and was given a 20 per cent chance of survival. Doctors said “all you have is hope.” That was more than 10 years ago and Jordan is now 11. Hopkins held on to hope, and for pediatric cancer research and neuroblastoma research through the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The lucky 13 hope the Touch a Truck will boost them toward their $50,000 goal this year.

The event is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at Panorama. Tickets are $15 per family in advance and $20 per family at the door. Email or call 250-655-5009 for tickets.

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