2010 Vancouver Canary Derby raises $82,550 for early cancer detection

The 14 teams competing in the third annual Vancouver Canary Derby raised $82,550 last weekend for the early detection of cancer, with additional funds still coming in. Established in 2006, the Canary Derby has now raised over $820,000 to date, with all funds remaining in British Columbia. Canary Foundation of Canada’s annual Canary Derby helps fund research by bringing together the technology and business communities of Vancouver and Victoria with Canary and the BC Cancer Foundation to help support early detection cancer research.

The 2010 Vancouver Derby was held on a sunny Saturday, September 25 at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby. Canary Foundation founder Don Listwin said of the event, “We are fortunate to have such great support in the Vancouver area. This event would not be possible without our 9 corporate sponsors, over 20 in-kind sponsors, 14 fundraising teams, over 100 volunteers, and the city of Burnaby.”

Teams at the event included: 6S Marketing, Aquatic Informatics, BCTIA & BCIC, FCV Interactive, Revenue Services Group, Rogers Wireless, Sales Xperts Solutions, Simon Fraser University, Telus, Webnames.ca, Wired Woman, Work at Play, and Xomo & Big Green.

The Canary Style/Obstacle portion of the day is the time to show spirit. Unlike the Speed category, any vehicle propulsion is permitted, costumes and decorations are highly encouraged, and crowd involvement is a plus. The Top Gun inspired team from Xomo & Big Green took the cup for the Canary Style/Obstacle course with their rendition of “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” In the Canary Speed category, Aquatic Informatics defended its championship and took home the first place trophy after barreling down the track in 36.26 seconds. The top four fundraising teams were Webnames.ca, Telus, Xomo & Big Green, and Aquatic Informatics who together raised more than $36,000. Webnames.ca took first place with $16,751 raised.

Race Director Ryan Schmidt received the Volunteer Award for contributing countless additional hours to fill in the gaps whenever the need arose. This year he volunteered at both the Vancouver Derby and the Victoria Derby in June.

Of course, this event would not be possible without the support of our corporate sponsors. Gold Sponsors for the event included the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and Telus. The seven Bronze Sponsors were Corporate Recruiters, Deloitte, Fasken Martineau, KPMG, MCL Motor Cars, Teligence, and Webnames.ca.

Canary Derby cars are designed and hand built by corporate or private teams and are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity and team ingenuity. For more information on the Derbies, please visit: www.canaryderby.com.