From left: Bryce Clarabut, 7, gets ready to race his competitor, 7-year old Kevin Hernes at the first annual Soapbox Derby in the Skeena Mall parking lot on Sunday. (Brittany Gervais photo)

From left: Bryce Clarabut, 7, gets ready to race his competitor, 7-year old Kevin Hernes at the first annual Soapbox Derby in the Skeena Mall parking lot on Sunday. (Brittany Gervais photo)

First YVC Soapbox Derby raises more than $5,000 for youth

The Terrace Youth Volunteer Corps derby saw more than 50 people race at the Skeena Mall

The first Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) Soapbox Derby race raised approximately $7,000 for future youth programs on Sunday.

The annual derby kicked off at the Skeena Mall parking lot at 10 a.m. and ran until 4 p.m. on August 5. More than 50 people got into soapbox cars and launched from the top of two constructed ramps in the parking lot, cruising down the single-lane race tracks buffered with bails of hay.

Soapbox cars were brought in for the fundraiser courtesy of Ray-Cam and Naskarz, youth programs based in Vancouver. The souped-up cars were mixed in with some team sponsored models, including one from the RCMP. Dan Aird of Draw Construction built the ramps for the derby.

There were also some notable challenges on the racetrack that day, including Mayor Carol Leclerc against MLA Ellis Ross. Proceeds raised will go towards supporting future YVC programs.


 


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5-year old Desmond Daly made it all the way to the end of the track, set up by the Youth Volunteer Corps for this year’s soapbox derby fundraiser. The cars were donated by Ray-Cam and Naskarz, two youth volunteer programs based in Vancouver. (Brittany Gervais photo)

5-year old Desmond Daly made it all the way to the end of the track, set up by the Youth Volunteer Corps for this year’s soapbox derby fundraiser. The cars were donated by Ray-Cam and Naskarz, two youth volunteer programs based in Vancouver. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Sabe Henyu, 10, waits for his turn wearing a black and red mohawk helmet, and watches soapbox cars race down the strip at the Skeena Mall on Sunday. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Sabe Henyu, 10, waits for his turn wearing a black and red mohawk helmet, and watches soapbox cars race down the strip at the Skeena Mall on Sunday. (Brittany Gervais photo)