An event to benefit an organization that helps to find missing people who have dementia or any other cognitive disorder is scheduled for this weekend in Catawba County. Project Lifesaver is a non-profit nationwide program that was established in Chesapeake Virginia in 1999.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office adopted the Project Lifesaver program a little over ten years ago when a former captain of school resource officers, Alton Price, decided it would benefit the community. The program utilizes waterproof devices that track the missing person. The individual only gets 150 yards away before the caregiver is alerted. Locally, there are an average of ten to 15 calls per year.
Sandy Austin works with the Sheriff’s Office and visits the homes of those using the devices every 30 days to change the batteries and make sure everything is working well. The devices help to eliminate the use of other equipment and prevent county resources from being tied up.
This Saturday (May 22) the Project Lifesaver International Car Show will be held at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds in Newton. The event, which will feature cars, trucks, and motorcycles, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The time period for entry vendors and show car is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a $20 registration fee and all proceeds go to Project Lifesaver to assist people with alzheimers, autism, and dementia.
It’s a family friendly event with live music, food and drinks will be sold, and there will be no alcohol at the site. If have questions you can e-mail SandraAustin60@gmail.com.