On Saturday, July 27th, Demaras Racing held it’s first fundraiser for Racing to End Alzheimer’s. The event took place at Nostalgia Coffee Company, a wonderful, unique, eclectic and fiercely independent coffee house in the East York area of Toronto.

Throughout the 4 hour event, people who were walking by, or coming to Nostalgia for lunch, were enticed by the go kart in front of the store. Members of the neighborhood from all ages came to check out what was going on and to make donations.

Something about the go kart and go karting video game really drew the neighborhood kids in. A bunch of little ones got to sit in the #12 machine, and hurried to plug their ears when we started it up. A line also formed up to drive a virtual go kart in Project Cars 2, where the kids (and their parents) battled for the quickest lap time. Young driver Isaac ended the day with a top time of 1:27 around the Greenwood kart circuit.

I want to take a moment to say a special that you to my Professional Racing Ontario teammate Kevin Adams who dropped by in the middle of a work day (left the car running) to show his support for Demaras Racing’s fundraiser.

Racers young and old tried to set quick lap times.

But the day wasn’t about setting the fastest lap. It was about raising funds for R2endALZ. Our hosts at Nostalgia Coffee Company provided Demaras Racing with the venue and their limitless support for our fundraiser. With the help of friends, family, local businesses and my East York community, Demaras Racing was able to raise $645 for Racing to End Alzheimer’s.

If you want to help support Alzheimer’s research, you can still donate online by visiting http://www.r2endalz.org/demaras/. Every dollar helps, and is appreciated.

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