Hands On My Ride is a charity fundraiser event co-sponsored by Auction World and K96.3 in support of BrainTrust Canada’s brain injury prevention and education programs in the Okanagan.
The premise is that 20 people will stand next to a car with only one hand touching it. The last person standing wins the vehicle, a 2007 standard Mustang with a yellow/black “bumblebee” paint style similar to the same-make car popularized in the Transformer movies.
The contest starts May 27 at 10 a.m. in the Farmers Market parking lot on Springfield and Dilworth.
The last person standing wins the contest, which from similar past contests of this nature can last up to three days.
The prize car will be on display in Orchard Park Shopping Centre starting on May 2.
The entry fee for the contest is a minimum of $963, with tax receipts provided for donations raised by contestants.
In addition to K96.3, Auction World and Orchard Park Shopping Centre, other supporting sponsors and suppliers of the event include Avalon Event Rentals, Doak Shirreff, FHP Lawyers, ICM International Crowd Management Inc., Modu-loc Fence Rentals, Pro Sign, BFI Canada and Trojan Security Systems/Price’s Alarms.
Abe Kroeker the owner of Auction World which is donating the car, says the Braintrust cause is one close to his heart.
“My 21 year-old son Troy suffered serious brain injury in a car crash three years ago. You never never know what tomorrow brings, and brain injury happens in an instant and your life changes forever,” said Kroeker.
“We are very pleased to partner with BrainTrust Canada to bring awareness to this very serious issue and hope the community will get involved.”
The basic rules of the contest are that each contestant must touch the vehicle with one hand at all times, and cannot lean or squat. They can only drink, eat and go to the bathroom during scheduled breaks—one five-minute break every hour and one 15-break every six hours.
Contestants must be B.C. residents and reside within a 200 km radius of Kelowna.
Each contestant will have their own port-a-potty provided by Interior Portable Rentals, and bleachers will be provided by Capital News Centre for friends and family to support the contestants.
Also, a live feed will be available for viewing on braintrustcanada.com and K963.fm where people can follow their favourite contestant.
Contestants can raise the $963 entry fee through donations from friends and family, for which tax receipts will be provided by BrainTrust Canada.
There is also a “prize incentive package” with items from Andres Electronics, so that contestants can receive prizes for raising additional funds such as an LG Blue Ray DVD for $1,500 raised; Canon Power Shot D10 waterproof camera for $2,000 raised; SONY HDR Camcorder CX 110 for $2,500 raised; and Samsung LED Flat Panel 32-inch HDTV for $3,000 raised.
Interested contestants should submit a bio of themselves, and the minimum entry fee of $963 to BrainTrust Canada at #11 -368 Industrial Ave., in Kelowna at their earliest opportunity, as the contest is limited to 20 contestants.
Volunteer judges are also seeking volunteers to assist with judging for the event. To participate, call Carole Courtney 250-762-3233.