Driven 2 Smile 2013

Grinning from ear to ear

Driven 2 smile puts fun in the driver’s seat

By Jill Clements-Baartman, UCR Member

IMG_7599On June 7th, grey skies, scattered showers and cool temperatures could not dampen the spirits of the 300 riders who eagerly converged at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to meet over 40 UCR club volunteers for the second annual family fun day—driven 2 smile.

driven 2 smile, formerly Porsche-Abilities, is an unparalleled opportunity for individuals with unique medical, physical, cognitive, sensory, and social-emotional considerations to experience the thrill of riding in a Porsche. UCR driving instructors enthusiastically opened their P-car doors to riders of all ages—little ones in car seats and seniors with smiles.

Due to the impeccable planning and operationalization of Del Bruce, Dave Osborne and Walter Murray, over 600 rides were provided on the Friday morning. driven 2 smile – 2013, doubled the attendance and doubled the number of rides enjoyed.

Jim Aird, of the Daniels Development Corporation, graciously donated $2,500 via the John and Myrna Daniels Charitable Foundation to purchase colour-coded t-shirts for all the participants. The t-shirts clearly identified what level of support riders may have needed from club members to ride safely and comfortably.

Peter Carroll and Steven Revoy donated the use of their Cayennes to meet the physical and/or social-emotional needs of those who could not ride solo or in a smaller Porsche. Steve’s Cayenne was driven, again this year, by Paul Cipprioni.

Michael Coates, Doug Clements, Steven Revoy and Brian Palmer volunteered their skills as photographers. We are working to see how to best to share the snappy smiles of the day. Off-track activities were donated by Jill Clements-Baartman. She and her staff organized wooden race-car painting, thematic activity centres, face painting, decorating backpacks and cooperative field activities. Thirty students from the communication rehabilitation programs of Durham, Georgian, Ryerson and Lambdon Colleges, as well as, the University of Toronto ensured that families were free to enjoy the day.

Plans are already underway for driven 2 smile – 2014. All UCR club members and their families are invited to join the family fun, excitement and P-passion of the day! To volunteer, register or donate, please contact Jill Clements-Baartman at UCR.driven2smile@gmail.com.

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