The Redliners Car Club’s annual donation to Nanaimo Community Hospice Society has extra special meaning this year.
Since 2013, the car club has been donating proceeds from its summer car show to hospice, which provides services such as grief counselling and palliative support.
This year’s $5,077 – given in conjunction with Woodgrove Chrysler – was made after friends and family of Chris (Chip) Lenton, founding member and show organizer, utilized hospice services after his death in July 2014. The club felt that hospice was the best charity to give to when it began donating, according to Bob Falk, club chairman.
“It is a really good community charity to give to … because we lost Chip, some of his family came here and [used hospice services], so it was a give-give thing, said Falk.
Jeanne Fahlman, hospice’s development officer, said it was gratifying to help, given the assistance Lenton and the club have offered. To date, approximately $13,577 has been donated.
“Chip was one of [those who initiated] our partnership and such a vibrant, young man that contributed so much,” said Fahlman. “We feel honoured that we were able to help when his family needed help.”
The show took place July 12 at Montana’s parking lot at Nanaimo North Town Centre and Falk said he’s hoping for a better turnout next time – 150 showed up this year and the aim is 200 in 2016.
“We had a lot of cars that were planning to come out and didn’t, but I think our turnout was quite [good] for the weather,” Falk said. “As you can see, the money we raised was a fairly good amount of money, so we’re happy with that.”