Car show boosts charity

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Southland Chevrolet Club treasurer Paul du Mez (left) and club president Jason Pope hand over a $10,000 cheque to Salvation Army Invercargill community ministries co-ordinator Brenda King from the Southern Grilles & Gasoline (car and bike show) the club held in February.
Southland Chevrolet Club members Jeff Helm and Alvena Clay were awarded the Southern Grilles & Gasoline (car and bike show) Best in Show (People’s Choice) for their 1955 Chevrolet Coupe.

INVERCARGILL’S Salvation Army Foodbank is $10,000 better off thanks to a southern car club.

Southland Chevrolet Club treasurer Paul du Mez and club president Jason Pope handed the cheque to Salvation Army Invercargill community ministries co-ordinator Brenda King at the sponsors and supporters thank you evening on Friday.

The money was raised at the club’s annual Southern Grilles & Gasoline (car and bike show) earlier this year.

Mrs King said the charity was “incredibly grateful”.

“The community support and generosity of everyone was appreciated.”

About a dozen Salvation Army members volunteered to man the entry points to the show in Invercargill in February, as well as carry collection buckets around the event.

“We didn’t have to change the buckets much because more paper (money) went in than coins,” Salvation Army member Julie Redhead said.

Mrs King said the cheque was welcome, especially heading into winter. “It will be helpful.”

Also during the supporters’ evening, the Waikiwi Lions, a community service club, was given a $500 donation in appreciation of the volunteers who manned the checkpoints during a car street parade held on the night before Saturday’s show.

Mr Pope said February’s show had been a community-focused, family-friendly event, which club members worked hard all year and on the day to achieve the high level of success.

This was the third time the club had hosted the show, with St John Ambulance and Koru Care benefitting from the first two events.

This year it was the Salvation Army’s turn, Mr Pope said.

“They turned up on the day and did a fantastic job (manning the gates, etc)… it’s a big credit to them for what they done.”

As well as thanking sponsors and supporters at the evening, the Cleanaways Trophy for Best in Show (People’s Choice) was awarded to Jeff Helm and Alvena Clay for their 1955 Chevrolet Coupe.

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