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VCC's Broadway campus hosted the pre-derby BBQ for the 3rd annual Ray-Cam soapbox derby on April 28. About 40 people, including representatives from Ray-Cam, the Vancouver police department, ICBC, Coast Capital Savings, and kids from the soapbox derby program attended the event in the auto collision repair shop parking lot.
Ray-Cam's Aboriginal elders offered a traditional welcome message to kick off the BBQ. Participants showed off a working model of a soapbox car designed entirely from wheelbarrow parts.
The Ray-Cam soapbox derby is an annual community event organized and delivered in partnership with the Vancouver Police Foundation and the Vancouver Police Department. The soapbox racers are built by youth in the NASKARZ Program at VCC and under the guidance of volunteers from Jelly Bean Autocrafters. NASKARZ is an award-winning program designed to promote social inclusion of young people from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside into automotive, social and educational opportunities.
Businesses and organizations are invited to sponsor and enter teams consisting of their employees and Ray-Cam youth.
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Interested in learning more about auto collision and repair at VCC? Read more about our transportation trades programs or attend an upcoming info session.