Ignition fires up crowd, raises money for charity
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.
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.