Jukasa Radio was live on location entertaining more than 500 visitors at Kanata Fuels last Saturday, September 2 for a great day for a great cause. Kanata wanted to bring children in the community together to raise awareness about diversity and give the kids a chance to win a free day at camp.
The goal was also to encourage kids in the community to try something different, and to bring awareness to the fun and benefit of racing. Maybe now racing could become a new hobby, allowing a chance to go outside their comfort zones.
“These days it’s harder and harder to keep kids focused on something, with so many distractions and not so much good things to do — this gives them something to do. That’s what it’s all about, keeping things fun and busy,” said Steve Montour, owner of Kanata Fuels.
The event was spotlighting Kanata Fuels Outlaw Sprint Cart driver, Kyeriah Maracle, from Six Nations. Twelve-year-old Maracle began racing in 2015 and took up the sport to help with her self-esteem due to her being bullied by others in school. What is inspiring to her is watching one of her favourite racers No. 68 Arron Turkey, but her all-time favourite racer is Brian Nanticoke.
Kanata Fuels sponsors her race wear – her fire suit, shoes, gloves and helmet. The event was focused on highlighting her strengths, skills, and talents she brings to the track. Road Racing Champion Jacob Ross was also on site, as well as Crate Sprint Racer of Ohsweken Speedway Brian Nanticoke with his very own car. Kanata also sponsors Brian’s fire suit. All were found enjoying the food, laughs, activities, and providing knowledge on the racing industry.
All sponsors in addition to Kanata Fuels wanted to share this experience for those who may have low self-esteem, as racing raises self-confidence and awareness. Sponsors aside from Kanata Fuels included Ross Motors, Caledonia Auto Supply, Caledonia Canadian Tire, and Davis Fuels. They look forward to hosting events like Racing for Diversity in the near future, that will bring the community together and celebrate kids.
Thanks to Ross Motors, the kids that attended the event had a chance to enter to win a free day at camp, where there will be a Go-Cart track rented out just for the 12 winners. At this camp day, kids will be given advice on life, a free lunch, gift certificates of completion, medals, and a T-shirt with all sponsors involved showcased. There will be more Ross Motor events coming up in the near future, and the 12 winners will be announced at a later date.
The kids were also given a chance to play around on the bouncy castles and free face painting. Free giveaways such as Frisbees, candy, and Kanata tattoos were a big hit with the children that came as well.
The brand-new Tim Hortons, that just opened a couple of weeks ago, received a lot of traffic, as well as Stan’s Fries. Stan’s featured a delicious deal for the day — a small fry and pop for $3, and they were busier than ever. Not to mention, all the sparkling clean vehicles coming out of Kanata’s KarWash.