Canary Derby

I spent last Saturday morning at the Vancouver Island Tech Park, behind the Interurban campus of Camosun College, for the 6th Annual Canary Derby;  A charity event “to drive early detection of cancer” which has raised over $520,000 in Victoria since 2006.  Groups of teams paid a $500 entry fee, and built/raced soapbox cars.  I can’t speak for any of them, but it sure LOOKED like they were having fun!

I was invited by Scott Travelbea to take team photos, which he’ll frame, and distribute to each team lead.
Scott has helped sponsor the event for the past few years, along with colleagues/friends Aaron Wade of Wade & Company, and Barb Finnerty & Bryce McFadden of Investors Group.

I won’t share any of the team photos here, but I will share some of the random, behind the scenes images that I captured.

After their runs, we saw some pretty creative ways of getting the racers back up to the start line… from gators and pickup trucks, to a motorized lazyboy (trust the College kids to come up with something as awesome as this) …

Some of the cars picked up crazy amounts of speed down the track.  During one of the time trials, this police radar detected 40 kilometers an hour, which is pretty darn impressive.  You wouldn’t catch me in one of those cars – especially the ones who’s “brakes” were nothing more than a pair (or two) of heavy duty gloves.

This is the team that I spent most of my time with.  Bryce, Barb, Aaron, Scott, and their crew(s).  They run a very popular tent each year: the Sweet Shoppe!  From popcorn and snowcones, to sundaes and cotton candy.  All by donation, and all proceeds going to support the Canary Foundation.

And I don’t want to forget the Investors Group volunteer Face Painters!  These girls did a great job, and were pretty popular with the other kiddos.

Last, but not least, Aaron & Barb, manning the Sweet Shoppe’s cotton candy station.  Check out Barb’s stylish “smock” ;)

All in all, a good day.
The rain held off, the sun peeked through the clouds, and a lot of money was raised for a great cause.

If you’d like to donate to the Canary Foundation, please click here.

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