The annual Soapbox Derby is returning to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in August, to give young people a chance to escape crime through mentorship.
The race between local teams driving improvised motorless cars will take place on August 19, behind the Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre on East Hastings.
Teams hoping to triumph in this year’s race include Vancouver Police and Fire Departments, the Vancouver Giants, ICBC – and the Porsche Club of America!
The vehicles being raced in the Soapbox Derby are made by young people participating in the award-winning NASKARZ (Never Again Steal Cars) program.
The program aims to address youth and gang crime through mentorship and positive relationships and “automative, social and educational opportunities.”
The Soapbox Derby will be fundraising for the program, which was developed by Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre, Vancouver Community College and the VPD.
The race will run from 10 am to 5 pm on August 19 and is free to attend.
Where: Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre – 920 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
When: Friday, August 19, from 10 am to 5 pm