Rev up for excitement at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus this fall; the popular Touch a Truck event will be back in full force.
The volunteer-run event is expected to draw thousands of families to the Campus grounds to experience dozens of mighty machines and raise money for children’s literacy in Niagara.
“Early literacy is a vital component to healthy child development” said Judy Reid chair of the Touch a Truck planning committee. “The Touch a Truck fundraiser for children’s literacy aims to encourage early literacy by improving access to quality books for children up to the age of six and is an excellent opportunity for families to spend time together.”
Held in 2005 2006 2008 2010 and 2012 a total of $48000 has been raised. In partnership with the Regional Chair Early Years Niagara Literary Award proceeds have purchased more than 4000 copies of award-winning books that were provided to sites where families and children gather including all Ontario Early Years Centres regional childcare centres and licensed childcare centres in Niagara.
This year’s Touch a Truck event will be held on Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While vehicles will be a main attraction the event will also feature food and children’s book sales. Admission is $2 a person and children younger than one are admitted free.
“The focus is on family time especially family time with parents and children enjoying climbing on and viewing mighty trucks machinery etc. while raising funds for early literacy across Niagara” said Reid.
Reid noted that Touch a Truck is made possible through the collaborative efforts of several volunteers community organizations and sponsors including Brand Blvd. Book Depot Early Years Niagara Planning Council Kal Tire Niagara College Niagara Helicopter Niagara Region Niagara Regional Police Services Ontario Early Years Centres RBC Rotary Clubs of Niagara Niagara Falls Review The Welland Tribune The St. Catharines Standard TV Cogeco and Walker Industries Limited.
She said that Niagara College has always supported the event through an agreement to use the NOTL Campus grounds and provide access to parking washrooms and security staff.
“Niagara College provides the perfect setting for this event—we could not hold the event without them” said Reid.