Ig­ni­tion fires up crowd, raises money for char­ity

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Michael Philipps

Ig­ni­tion South West Car and Bike Show com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Damien Hard­ing has praised the re­sponse to this year’s event.

More than 400 ve­hi­cles were on dis­play at the Leschenault Re­cre­ation Park on Sun­day as part of the an­nual auto show.

Mr Hard­ing said he was pleased with the re­sponse from the com­mu­nity.

“We are still not 100 per cent sure on the num­ber of spec­ta­tors but I think there was roughly around 400 cars which was great,” he said.

“It was a re­ally good turnout and we re­ceived re­ally good feed­back from ev­ery­one.

“The kids were all hav­ing a ball with all the en­ter­tain­ment that was there on the day and the food traders were all re­ally happy.

“All the trade stalls were re­ally boom­ing so it was a fan­tas­tic re­sponse from ev­ery­one.”

Mr Hard­ing said he was hope­ful the event had raised around $25,000 for the com­mit­tee’s char­ity Lit­tle Sparks.

“We haven’t re­ally had a chance to count all the money we have raised but I think it will be around the $25,000 mark,” he said.

“I would re­ally like to thank all our spon­sors, the com­mit­tee and all the food vans for mak­ing it such a great event.

“I would also like to thank the Leschenault Leisure Cen­tre and the Shire of Har­vey for let­ting us set up and hold the event this year.”

Mr Hard­ing said all money raised would go to­wards Lit­tle Sparks.

“This year we started our own char­ity up called Lit­tle Sparks WA,” he said.

“This means that no board mem­bers or com­mit­tee mem­bers will be get­ting paid so all the money we raise will go straight to the kids.

“Ba­si­cally it is all about rais­ing money for sick kids who need help with treat­ment.

“This way we know where the money goes and we make sure none of it gets spent in ad­min­is­tra­tion fees.”

In pre­vi­ous years all money raised went to­wards the Make A Wish Foun­da­tion but this was the first year the group raised money for Lit­tle Sparks.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Dar­ryl Glead­ell and his 1952 Match­less, Ig­ni­tion South West Car and Bike Show pres­i­dent Damien Hard­ing, 1965 Ford Fal­con owner Brad Row­land­son and 1942 Har­ley-David­son Flat­head owner Al McNevin gear-up for this week­end’s show.

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