Montauban. All in the car on June 18 to talk about autism

the essential The Lions club organizes, Saturday, June 18, a day with exhibition of vintage vehicles and car baptisms. An original way to make the general public aware of autism, a still little-known disability.

The seventh edition of "In the car for autism" will take place on Saturday June 18, in the parking lot of Leclerc Sapiac. Since 2014 with this event, the Montauban Lions Club has been mobilizing for the benefit of the Adapei Aveyron – Tarn-et-Garonne, Opteo Foundation and autistic children from the IME Pierre-Sarraut. On the program, each year: an exhibition of collectible, prestige and sports GT vehicles as well as car test drives (free admission, test drive from €15).

The benefits of this day are entirely donated to the IME Pierre-Sarraut. The money allows the specialized structure to offer children a recreational day in a context different from the usual for them and a welcome respite for parents. The success of this event is undeniable year after year. And for good reason: eleven children and ten families benefited from this action in 2017; fourteen children and thirteen families in 2018; 19 children and 18 families in 2019.

Organizers and partners met last Thursday for the presentation of the day at Le Fil de l'eau restaurant. Among them, Serge Delos, the delegate president of the Adapei of Tarn-et-Garonne, and Anne-Marie Gil-de-Gomez, the director of the IME Pierre-Sarraut of Montauban. The opportunity for the president of the Lions club, Stéphane Guilhem, to recall that autism was declared a "great national cause" in 2012 and that the EVA event followed suit in 2014.

A collectible car to be won

Still at the helm, Stéphane Cros, the creator of the event, has pulled out all the stops for this seventh edition. “There will be the usual vehicles, Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Mercedes… but also surprises”, he explains, by way of appetizer. Several vehicles will be exhibited throughout the week in the Leclerc Sapiac shopping mall. The public will also be able to enjoy baptisms in these "dream" cars throughout the day on Saturday. "Two parades in town will be offered, at the end of the morning and mid-afternoon. Visitors are invited to participate", continues Stéphane Cros.

Big news this year: the organization of a big raffle. The first batch will be a 1975 Peugeot 204, donated to the benefit of the autism cause, by a woman who wishes to remain anonymous.

Ticket price set at €2. For purchase from Lions club members, at certain merchants, on site on Saturday or on the website Asso EVA 2022; draw on June 30.