Fundraiser to support Quinte West Youth Centre

The Quinte West Youth Centre is taking a new direction for an upcoming fundraiser. 

That’s the reality stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and organizing fundraisers that still meet public health regulations.

With a poker run-style format, the QWYC will hold its first Route for Youth Car Rally on Saturday, Aug. 7. 

“We created the idea of this route to allow proper social distancing, but as well it’s a great opportunity for everyone who loves to ride their motorcycle or their vintage cars to get out of the house and have a great day outdoors as well as having an opportunity to support our Centre,” said QWYC Executive Director Jessica Coolen.

“We will be having everyone start in Trenton at St. Paul Catholic Secondary School and they will have the opportunity to go around Prince Edward County, get to see the county in a way not too many people know about. We’re fortunate to have Darlene (Jones), our fundraising coordinator, who grew up in the County and knows the backways and other scenic ways that most people don’t know about.”

There will be five destinations in PEC for entrants to stop and collect a card to build their poker hand. There are prizes available, including for both the best and worst poker hands.

Opportunities will also be available to stop at local businesses for lunch.

“In the end, they’re all going to be supporting the Youth Centre,” Coolen said. “All money raised from this event will go directly back into the Quinte West Youth Centre.”

Tickets are $30 per driver and $10 per passenger. Pre-registration is required and can be completed through this link and tickets can be purchased here.

Sponsors have stepped up in support, including realtors Sandra Hussey and Alexandra Grant, Bay Marine, McCurdy Chevrolet Buick GMC and Bell Canada.

For more information, call 613-392-6946 or e-mail

Watch for a story about the Quinte West Youth Centre, including some of the non-traditional sports it offers for youth, in the next issue of the Total Sports Quinte magazine.