How a remote-controlled truck group in NB lets people be ‘kids again’

At first glance, the members of Sink It Deep RC might look like a bunch of oversized kids playing with their remote-controlled toy trucks in parks in Riverview, NB. But if you dig a little deeper, you soon discover that the group is so much more.

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“It definitely makes you feel like a kid again,” said Jason Sherrard, who founded the RC Truck Club three years ago in an effort to get himself out of the house.

“I started with three people and it grew and now I can relate to people, it’s like a family,” says Sherrard, who struggles with social anxiety. He said he thought RC trucks would be a fun way to forge friendships.

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Moncton’s Pieter Du Toit, who recently joined the group with his son, said the connections he’s made with the group have been life-changing for his family.

“Different types of people from all walks of life come together that wouldn’t normally come together without this hobby,” he said.

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Du Toit said the group is driven by core values ​​of support and acceptance from everyone, including his own son Eddy, who has autism.

After joining the club a few weeks ago, Du Toit said the group welcomed his son with open hearts and minds, saying from the moment Eddy picked up the remote: “I saw a side of my son that we always wanted to see and it just came out spontaneously,” he said.

“It’s so cool that I can control it with a remote,” eight-year-old Eddy said of his remote-controlled truck.

“It opened up my son to say ‘hey, this is life – I can enjoy things.’ It gives him skills to handle things he couldn’t handle before and it just comes naturally,” says Du Toit, who would like to see the group expand. He would like to see a designated area in a local park in Riverview where the hobbyists can build an RC track for the public to enjoy He says the site would be a place for people in the community of all skill levels to come together to share some fun.

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Sherrard, whose own granddaughter has autism, choked at the thought of bringing out that spark in Eddy and helping others overcome their own social fears.

“Anything we can do to raise awareness, anything we can do to help — it’s good,” he said.

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He said the group meets every Saturday and anyone interested in joining can contact Sink It Deep RC via Facebook.

“You can’t date all these good people and be depressed — it’s just not going to happen.”

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