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On Thursday, September 12th, 2019, TORONTO.COM published an article about Daniel Demaras, his fundraising efforts and his racing endeavors.

www.toronto.com/east-york-teen-racing-to-raise-funds-for-alzheimer-s/

Reporter: Joanna Lavoie / Photo: Cody Schindel

A teen from East York is using his passion for go-karting to drive support for the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

This summer, 15-year-old Daniel Demaras, a competitor with the Toronto Racing Association of Karters, started collecting funds for the Racing to End Alzheimer’s Foundation. The non-profit organization works to fund the care and find a cure for the chronic neurodegenerative disease. In its first year, Racing to End Alzheimer’s raised $43,500. In year two, more than $100,000 was collected. This year’s fundraising goal is $150,000.

Daniel, who lives with his family near Victoria Park and St. Clair avenues, is aiming to raise $1,500 — or one per cent of that target — by Friday, Sept. 13 when the karting season ends. All of the money he raises will be donated to Toronto’s Baycrest Foundation.

A Grade 11 student at East York Collegiate, Daniel first heard about the cause about a year ago when he spotted a Racing to End Alzheimer’s logo on the side of professional race car driver James Vance’s Audi RS3 LMS. Daniel read up on the charity — which was founded in 2017 by Phil Frengs after his wife, Mimi, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s — and decided to get involved.

In early August, Daniel organized his first go-kart themed fundraiser at East York’s Nostalgia Coffee Co. That event, which included a racing simulator, some giveaways, and photos with Daniel’s go-kart, raised $645.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, Daniel, who had a great-uncle in Greece with Alzheimer’s, is hosting a second fundraiser for Racing to End Alzheimer’s at North York’s K1 Speed Toronto, an indoor go-karting facility at 75 Carl Hall Rd., Unit 9. During the fundraiser, which starts at noon, anyone four-foot-10 or taller can come out and try to qualify for a 12-lap charity race.

Thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes are available to be won during the fundraiser, which will also include games, contests, and activities for junior racers, as well as a raffle and a bake sale. The cost to participate in the main event is $30. Visit www.demaras.com for more details or to make a donation.

http://www.r2endalz.org/demaras/

A Message from R2ENDALZ

Phil Frengs, founder of Racing to End Alzheimer’s

When I first came up with the idea to remove the corporate logos from our car’s livery and replace them with the names of people who have been afflicted with Alzheimer’s, it certainly wasn’t in the hopes of starting a movement. Back then, it was just a way to wrest a little control over a disease that had personally left my family reeling.

But now, with 3 racing teams actively fundraising along with another half-dozen competitor vehicles supporting our cause by racing with the Racing to End Alzheimer’s branding on their liveries, it is starting to feel very much like a movement.

Our cars have been seen by more than 1 million live spectators and a broadcast and social audience of over 8 million unique viewers. We’ve partnered with a Film Premiere, been written about in national magazines and interviewed on podcasts and radio shows. Most importantly, though, we’ve collectively raised over $200,000 to date, and that is just the beginning.

But with only two races remaining in the 2019 racing season; this Saturday’s race at WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California and the final race of the season on October 11th at the Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway in Atlanta, Georgia, time is running out on your opportunity to place the name of your loved one on our championship race car this year.

Do you want to join our team and become a part of the Racing to End Alzheimer’s movement? If so, I ask that you donate right now at www.r2endalz.org

Thank you.

Phil


R2ENDALZ at K1 SPEED

BE A RACER WITH A CAUSE

Join the charity race to end Alzheimer’s at K1 Speed Toronto when we host the Race to End Alzheimer’s Charity Go Kart race on Saturday, September 14 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm!

All funds we raise during the event will be donated to the Baycrest Foundation to aid their tremendous Alzheimer’s research and treatment efforts.  And that’s not all – every dollar raised will be matched by the terrific sponsors who have jumped on board, doubling the total amount! 

Getting Ready for the R2ENDALZ Fundraiser

Thanks to Phil, Josh and Amy at R2ENDALZ for providing the artwork for the big banner we’ll be using at the fundraiser. We even printed some waterproof (and gasoline resistant) decals for the No.12 PRO Intrepid Briggs & Stratton racing kart..

Racing to End Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

Join the Charity Race to End Alzheimer’s at K1 Speed Toronto! 

Be a racer with a cause this month at K1 Speed Toronto when we host the Race to End Alzheimer’s Charity Go Kart race on Saturday, September 14 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm!

All funds we raise during the event will be donated to the Baycrest Foundation to aid their tremendous Alzheimer’s research and treatment efforts.  And that’s not all – every dollar raised will be matched by the terrific sponsors who have jumped on board, doubling the total amount! 

Information about this Charity Event in Toronto

Starting at 12pm, racers who are 4’10 or taller are encouraged to set the fastest lap time they can around the indoor Toronto track. The drivers that set the 10 fastest laps of the day will qualify for the R2endALZ Race at 5:00pm. We’re expecting a great turnout for this, so be sure to arrive early and set that fast lap time!

The main race will be a 12-lap grand finale race for glory. The cost to participate in the main event is only $30 (a donation in itself), and participants will compete for thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes!

The Prizes

Every qualifier will receive some amazing swag from K1 Speed and the sponsors of the event, so no competitor will leave empty handed. The top three finishers will receive prize packs worth hundreds of dollars each:

Everyone is encouraged to come to K1 Speed for a fun afternoon of kart racing, regardless of experience. Show your speed by laying down a lap time that can’t be beat. For a $30 donation, the Top-10 fastest racers will qualify for the main event which includes a thrilling, standing-start race for glory. Every qualifier will receive a swag pack, and each top-3 finisher will win a prize pack worth hundreds of dollars!

1st Place

  • 2 tickets + VIP Experience, 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, You’ll be invited to spend the day with the No.23 R2ENDALZ Race Team, and will receive a tour of their paddock, garage and transporter. You’ll meet the drivers, and see the Audi RS3 LMS race car up close. You’ll receive a team shirt and hat to feel like part of the crew as you watch the race from pit lane, listening in on team radio headset. $250 value.
  • 2020 CRKC Membership at Goodwood Kartways. You’ll be awarded membership in Goodwood’s Arrive & Drive series, plus 25 practice laps in the “A&D” karts. $150 value
  • Google Nest Hub smart speaker courtesy of High Definition Installations. $100 value.
  • Swag Pack from our sponsors including K1 Speed Corporate, Scarboro Subaru and Nostalgia Coffee Co. $50 value.

2nd Place

  • 2020 CRKC Membership at Goodwood Kartways. You’ll be awarded membership in Goodwood’s Arrive & Drive series, plus 15practice laps in the “A&D” karts. $130 value
  • Google Home Mini smart speaker courtesy of High Definition Installations. $50 value.
  • Swag Pack from our sponsors including K1 Speed Corporate, Scarboro Subaru and Nostalgia Coffee Co. $50 value.

3rd Place

  • 2020 CRKC Membership at Goodwood Kartways. You’ll be awarded membership in Goodwood’s Arrive & Drive series, plus 10 practice laps in the “A&D” karts. $120 value
  • Google Home Mini smart speaker courtesy of High Definition Installations. $50 value.
  • Swag Pack from our sponsors including K1 Speed Corporate, Scarboro Subaru and Nostalgia Coffee Co. $50 value.

All of our Top-10 qualifiers will receive swag from our partners at K1 Speed Corporate, Scarboro Subaru, High Definition Installations, Carts & Coffee Racing Series, Goodwood Kartways & Nostalgia Coffee Co.


Activities for the Whole Family!

Of course, our indoor go kart racing will be the main attraction. But there’ll be plenty of other activities for the whole family to enjoy! We’ll have games, contests and activities for junior racers, plus a raffle and bake sale. Again, all proceeds from these side activities will be going to fight Alzheimer’s!

Event organizer Daniel Demaras’ No.12 PRO Intrepid Briggs & Stratton racing kart will be on display at the R2ENDALZ fundraiser at K1 Speed.

Want to Donate but Can’t Make It?

If you would love to go to this event to donate but already have plans that day, don’t worry. You can still help the cause! 

Get started by visiting the R2ENDALZ donation page – just click the button above!


OUR SPONSORS

K1 Speed Toronto: https://www.k1speed.ca/

K1 Speed Corporate; https://www.k1speed.com/

Scarboro Subaru: https://www.scarboro.subarudealer.ca/

Goodwood Kartways: https://goodwoodkartways.com

High Definition Installations: http://www.highdefinitioninstallations.com/

Nostalgia Coffee Co: https://www.facebook.com/NostalgiaCoffeeCompany

Carts & Coffee: www.cartsandcoffee.com


ABOUT R2ENDALZ: The non-profit Racing to End Alzheimer’s Foundation https://www.r2endalz.org/ is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the cutting-edge research, treatment and support services that will end the scourge of Alzheimer’s once and for all.

ABOUT DEMARAS 15-year-old racer Daniel Demaras competes in the Toronto Racing Association of Karters (TRAK). The young man teamed up with Racing To End Alzheimer’s with a personal objective of raising 1% of the foundation’s 2019 fundraising goal.

R2ENDALZ: Tremendous Generosity in Toronto

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.