MONCTON, NB – The first Atlantic Blind Drivers Challenge will be held this Saturday at the Centre for Speed in Shediac.

The race, which will see ten blind and blind-folded people race around the track at speeds of up to 40 kilometers an hour, is a fundraiser for the MIRA foundation.

MIRA provides free guide dogs to the disabled and spokesperson Blondine Arsenault says the cost of training these animals is considerable…

“To train one guide dog costs 30-thousand dollars.” says Arsenault.

Each participant of Saturday’s race will be accopanied by a co-pilot.

The catch is, the assistant will only be able to verbally instruct the driver on which direction to drive.

Tickets are 10 dollars for adults and 25 dollars for a family.  

They can be picked up at Ayer Convenience, the Coop in Shediac or the MIRA office in Moncton.

For more information call 852-9539.