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Cheque Presentation: MBCA BC Members and German Car Clubs Charity Fund Raiser

Cheque Presentation: MBCA BC Members and German Car Clubs Charity Fund Raiser

British Columbia
Saturday, July 9, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
North Vancouver
British Columbia

Once again this year, the MBCA BC Section stepped up to help North Vancouver’s Harvest Project. Each June, the German Car Clubs of BC hold a German Car Festival and fundraiser.

Rod Meares of the BMW Club organised a spectacular and very popular showing of Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, and Audi cars, 192 in all. Hundreds of people came down to see their favourite cars, in this great season-opener of car events. MBCA volunteers were there to receive them.

Our Members manned the gates and collected $10 and food donations from every entrant. Much thanks to VP Tony Millikin, Don Rutherford, Gary Pullyblank, and Manfred Stenzel. We had a record turnout of Mercedes this year. About 45 Benzes were recorded by Tony, up from 35 or so, the previous year. Most of those were our own Members. Nick and Yen-hsen Liem brought several cars.

The premier prize this year, was a Ladies MB watch, donated by Nestor Balce’s Mercedes-Benz Vancouver Retail Group. A great thanks goes out to them for their support. It is particularly good to note that our Members at large acted as wonderful hosts and ambassadors to the public. Marie and Manfred Stenzel did a magnificent job at our stand, answering questions for the public about our Club and the Harvest Project.

The Harvest Project http://www.harvestproject.org/ is a local charity on Vancouver’s North Shore. The German car clubs have been supporting them for several years, but with rising food costs and sky-rocketing rents, never has the need been greater.

According to their own website, the Harvest Project is:

"Reaching out to individuals and families on Metro-Vancouver’s North Shore challenged by family break-down, illness, job loss and poverty Providing client-care coaching + counsel, grocery + clothing support, emergency drop-in help, Clothes For Change thrift shop Impacting the community by breaking the poverty cycle and restoring people to participation in work, school and a healthier family life."

On behalf of our Club, our Past President, Louis Fourie, represented the BC Section at the Cheque Presentation ceremony. Rod Meares and Louis presented the Harvest Project’s Kevin Lee, with a cheque for $2,282. That was a healthy increase from the previous $1,846. Thanks to a bit of friendly competition, this year’s food donations were up also.

Many thanks to our volunteers and Members who helped out at the German Car Festival by turning out enthusiastically for this great cause, and giving back to the community.

Our best wishes to the Harvest Project for the wonderful work they do.