MADD road rally ready to roll

Andrew Wagstaff
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Preparations in place for inaugural family event

AMHERST – The trophies are picked up, the banner is ready to be hung, and registrations are still coming. Preparations are in place for Cumberland County’s first MADD Road Rally.

“It’s looking pretty good, as long as the weather holds up,” said Const. Travise Dow of the Cumberland RCMP. “It’s rain or shine, but good weather would be nice.”

The Oct. 5 event will see vehicles following a course around the county, with each rider stopping at checkpoints to answer questions about what they see, and about safe driving tips.

The goal of the event is to promote safe driving and raise awareness of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada and its mission to combat drinking and driving.

About 35 participants were registered as of yesterday, and Dow was still hoping for more.

“They can just show up that morning at the Lions Club,” he said. “But the earlier they register, the more information I can give them.”

Proceeds from the rally’s $25 entry fee will support the local MADD chapter. Teams will gather at the Amherst Lions Club starting around 9 a.m. for registration and an orientation session before heading out at about noon.

Wolfpack Football will hold a barbecue at the Lions Club, where music and a silent auction will also be available.

Dow said he is not sure what to expect for the first-time event, but early feedback has been positive.

“It’s hard to tell how it’s going to go over, but it’s looking really well,” he said. “The response has been great, and hopefully it will help raise awareness of this issue.”

To register, email or call 694-0514.

Twitter: @ADNandrew


Organizations: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Amherst Lions Club

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Canada

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