Car cruise to collect toys for Christmas

    Invercargill car enthusiast Bren Mathers is all set to take part in the Southern Grilles and Gasoline Santa Cruz tomorrow night.
    The Santa Cruz cars will start from Thames St and follow the route marked on the map.

    INVERCARGILL woman Bren Mathers knows exactly what it’s like to need the support of Women’s Refuge.

    So she had no hesitation putting her hand up to take part in the Southern Grilles and Gasoline Santa Cruz, collecting toys for children in the organisation’s care.

    “The Women’s Refuge that’s huge to me because I’ve been in that situation in the past. It’s even more special.”

    Tomorrow, members of Southern Grilles and Gasoline will cruise the streets of Invercargill, starting from Thames St at 6pm, collecting toys.

    Last year, about 100 cars took part in the event and it was hoped at least that many would turn out again to make Christmas a little bit special for families who may need a little bit of help especially after the past two years, Ms Mathers said.

    “We know there are a lot of families that are struggling and we know it triggers a lot of stress, so there’s probably a lot more people needing help than there would normally be.”

    Organiser Jason Pope said he hoped Invercargill residents would show their generosity by donating a new toy which could then be given to Women’s Refuge to distribute.

    Each car in the cruise will bring a toy with them to donate and the plan is for all the cars to gather in Thames St before parading around the wider Invercargill suburban streets putting on a mobile car show for the community.

    “Although we can’t travel every street in town, we intend to make this accessible to as many as possible.”