Touch a Truck at Long Wharf

ImageOn Saturday, police, fire and military trucks will be pulling into Long Wharf. But don’t worry, there’s no emergency.

These vehicles are among nearly one hundred that will be parked at Long Wharf for the second annual Touch a Truck event on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event supports First Steps, a multi-service centre for pregnant and parenting young women who have no safe place to live.

Vehicles on site that day include: an LSVW military vehicle, milk truck, corrections van, ambulance, cement truck, loaders and diggers. Sharon Amirault, executive director of First Steps, said there will be something for everyone.

NB Southern Railway will also be bringing a train for people to explore, along with a bouncy castle from Saint John Hyundai and a NASCAR racing game from Sherrard Orthodontics.

“This is our signature event and it is very important to us for two reasons. One is to raise awareness in the community about who we are and also to raise much needed funds to keep our doors open,” Amirault said.

T-shirts and raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the day for prizes like a Saint John Staycation, iPad Mini and child’s ride-on Lightening McQueen car. Hot dogs will be available for purchase at an on-site barbecue.

Amirault said First Steps is grateful for the support from partners like Port Saint John, 9.73 The Wave, Country 94 and Telegraph-Journal, as well as their group of devoted volunteers.

“First Steps works with our community partners to help these wonderful young women gain confidence and skills to create a healthy and positive future for themselves and their children.  We strive to end cycles of abuse, poverty, and assist women with access to mental health and addiction services where needed,” she said.

Tickets are $5 each and available in advance at Harbour Station and Guardian Drugs in Grand Bay-Westfield, Rothesay and Hampton. Advance purchase is recommended.

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