August 29, 2006

Targa Newfoundland to aid local and national charities

St. John’s, Newfoundland – The fifth annual Targa Newfoundland road rally, which runs September 9 to 16, will benefit at least three charitable programs as it makes its way across the eastern portion of the province.

For the second year in a row, event organizers have named Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador as the official charity of Targa Newfoundland. The event raised $14,000 for the charity in 2005. Easter Seals will raise funds from pledges by individual competitors, a silent auction at the gala awards banquet, and a presence at the evening car shows.

Competitor Ohan Korlikian, under the banner of Sunbeam Canada/Team Alpine, is currently driving from Vancouver to St. John’s in his 1967 Sunbeam Alpine Series V roadster and will compete alongside navigator Richard Cox in the Grand Touring competition, using the cross-Canada trip to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada. He has already raised $6,000 on behalf of a girl in Nova Scotia.

Meanwhile, veteran Targa competitor Rick McLeod of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario will raise awareness and funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. McLeod, who was recently diagnosed with early stages of the disease, will lend his name to a special program in support for the MS Society that will culminate in a special presentation featuring his Mustang at Avalon Ford in St. John’s at the end of the race.

Forbes Chevrolet Oldsmobile of Dartmouth, the Lion’s Club and the RCMP have partnered to enter a Chevrolet Cobalt SS in the Modern Division carrying messages from D.A.R.E. and Racing Against Drugs, while a 1969 Camaro entered by Forbes in the Classic Division promotes Lion’s Quest, a youth life skills program.

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