June 18, 2024

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Automotive fans waded by a sea of chrome, steel and rubber as they raised tens of hundreds of {dollars} to struggle homelessness within the area at Acden’s annual automobile present.

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Dozens of individuals from throughout Alberta confirmed off 118 registered vehicles, vans, bikes and autos to greater than 2,000 individuals at Acden’s Present and Shine, which was held Aug. 13 on the firm’s headquarters in TaigaNova Industrial Park. Fundraising totals are nonetheless being counted, however a lot of the funds got here from $25,000 in sponsorships, a 50/50 draw, distributors, a silent public sale and a dunk tank.

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Final yr’s present introduced between 90 and 100 registered autos. It’s inaugural present in 2021 led to 80 autos.

“We actually hit each demographic. Everybody had these superb tales about their automobile and their grandfather’s automobile or their work in progress,” Colleen Stewart, a spokesperson for Acden, stated in an interview.

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Stewart stated the present can be an opportunity to show the neighborhood about homelessness and the Centre of Hope. Acden is the band-owned company of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN). The Centre of Hope was picked as a result of most individuals who use the ability are Indigenous, stated Stewart. Many purchasers are from Fort Chipewyan.

The current municipal depend discovered 162 homeless individuals in Fort McMurray final September. About half of these surveyed had been males; 44 per cent had been Indigenous; and 43 per cent had been between the ages of 25 and 44; 40 per cent got here to the area to seek out work or due to a job; 7 per cent recognized as members of the 2SLGBTQ+ neighborhood; 6 per cent got here to Canada as immigrants or refugees.

Advocates for homeless individuals within the area says these numbers are increased. The depend covers a 24-hour interval and never everybody could be situated. It additionally doesn’t think about people who find themselves sofa browsing or residing in crowded, unsafe situations.

Meals insecurity, hassle discovering steady housing, and restricted entry to well being care, addictions help and psychological well being companies are nonetheless cited by native non-profits as issues for Fort McMurray and close by rural and Indigenous communities.

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#Kill at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
#Kill on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
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A pinup lady on a motorbike helmet on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
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A Barbie-themed automobile on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
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Folks have a look at a traditional Harley Davidson bike on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People look at a classic Harley Davidson motorcycle at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks have a look at a traditional Harley Davidson bike on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
Harley Davidson motorcycles at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Harley Davidson bikes on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
People at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Folks on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
A NAPA-themed car at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A NAPA-themed automobile on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
Area 63 Motorsports Park at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Space 63 Motorsports Park on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
A truck runs on a dynamometer at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A truck runs on a dynamometer on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
A skeleton at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A skeleton on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
Stickers for the IAFF’s firefighters’ motorcycle group and the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry on a motorcycle at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Stickers for the IAFF’s firefighters’ bike group and the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Mild Infantry on a motorbike on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
A dunk tank at the Acden Show and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A dunk tank on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
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A automobile on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community
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A person wipes his automobile on the Acden Present and Shine in Fort McMurray on August 13, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray In the present day/Postmedia Community

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