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Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre hosts biggest Touch-A-Truck yet

About 100 vehicles on display
The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre hosted the seventh annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser at Westerner Park on Saturday. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Red Deer families were able to look inside firetrucks, ambulances and more during the seventh annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser.

The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre hosted the event on Saturday. This year, the 4,500-plus attendees were able to get a close-up look at the 100 vehicles on display in Westerner Park's northern parking lot.

"It was a pretty packed day – and it's been a steady day as well," said Denise Rambow, programs and services co-ordinator.

"We have way more vehicles than we've had in the past. We have 100 vehicles – our previous high was 70 – so we have a lot more vehicles and a lot more people coming through the gates than ever before."

Rambow said the event wouldn't be possible without the companies volunteering their time and bringing trucks to the event.

"People love this event so much. Companies love being involved and reaching out to the community. It's just grown since the beginning – every year we have more companies that want to be involved," said Rambow.

The Touch-A-Truck event is the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre's biggest fundraiser of the year, Rambow noted.

"We have different crime prevention programs," she said.

"During the summer, we do graffiti abatement in the downtown with our summer staff. We also crime prevention through environmental design reviews for residents and businesses in the area – through that we can help them reduce the likelihood of crime happening on their property. We also do education for seniors and different community groups to give them the tools to prevent themselves from being a victim of crime."

The centre will also be holding its annual garage sale every weekend from June 13 to Aug. 24 at 4311 49 Ave., on the west side of Baymont Inn. The garage sale will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 2-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information on the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre and its programs, visit

Sean McIntosh

About the Author: Sean McIntosh

Sean joined the Red Deer Advocate team in the summer of 2017. Originally from Ontario, he worked in a small town of 2,000 in Saskatchewan for seven months before coming to Central Alberta.
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