ST. JOHN’S (September 6, 2016) – Targa Newfoundland and the Canadian Armed Forces will be working together to raise funds for the Soldier On program during this weekend’s Targa activities.
Targa will be holding a public car show from 3pm to 9pm this Saturday, September 10th, at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) St. John’s, located in Pleasantville, and Sunday, September 11th from 5pm to 9pm. Proceeds from the gate, which will be operated by active military members, will go directly to the Soldier On program of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Soldier On is a Canadian Armed Forces program that supports current serving members and veterans to overcome their physical injuries or mental health illness through physical activity and sport. The program is a highly visible and integral component of the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces commitment and priority towards providing a comprehensive approach to care for ill and injured members.
The program has been involved with Targa previously, through members who competed in Targa in 2010 and 2011, respectively. However, this is the first year the program will directly be assisting the event. It is also the first year Targa will use the facilities at CFS St. John’s to host its Registration/Tech Day, Driver’s Meeting, and Official Start activities, which are open to the public at no charge, on Sunday, September 11th at 11:30am.
“Canadian Forces Station St. John’s is tremendously excited to welcome this year’s competitors to the Registration and pre-event car shows to help promote the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services Soldier On Fund,” expressed Commanding Officer of CFS St. John’s, Lieutenant-Commander Gerald V. Parsons. “This year’s 15th anniversary event promises to bring together some of the world’s best rally drivers to converge and test their skills against the challenging course and condition demands found within the province. Best of luck to all competitors!”
“Targa is thrilled to be partners with the Canadian Armed Forces and to be able to use the new facilities at CFS St. John’s for our Registration/Tech Day,” stated Targa General Manager, Darren Sheppard. “To have the support of the military and to be able to give back through the Soldier On program, it’s something we at Targa are very proud to be associated with. We hope for a huge public turnout for the car shows, which would greatly support the program.”
Owned and operated by Newfoundland International Motorsports Limited, Targa Newfoundland is one of three internationally recognized Targa motorsports events in the world. The 2016 competition will start in St. John’s on September 12th and conclude back in the capital on September 16th. The rally will cover more than 1,600 kilometres of challenging roads in the central and eastern portions of Newfoundland. It includes over 440 kilometres of closed-road, flat-out Targa stages.
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