Gen­er­ous hot rod­ders

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Western Bays Street Rod­ders Hot Rod Show may have had a few un­wanted in­ter­rup­tions but it didn’t stop the peo­ple – and money – flood­ing in.

Western Bays pres­i­dent Eric van Diggele said a fire alarm at North City Shop­ping Cen­tre on Au­gust 31 meant vis­i­tors and club mem­bers spent more than two hours out of the cov­ered car park where the show was held.

‘‘It didn’t mat­ter too much – the event was still a ma­jor suc­cess and we got lots of do­na­tions,’’ he said.

Each year the Western Bays club ‘‘ adopts’’ a per­son or char­ity to support for a year.

This time around the re­cip­i­ent is Tracy John­son, who fea­tured on Kapi-Mana News’ front page on Au­gust 12. She is bat­tling kid­ney fail­ure and will have a ma­jor op­er­a­tion on Oc­to­ber 22.

Van Diggele said the fi­nal do­na­tion tally wasn’t in from the Hot Rod Show but was con­fi­dent thou­sands of dol­lars were raised from that event to­wards John­son’s op­er­a­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

They have other fundrais­ers planned be­fore Christ­mas.

‘‘We’re a lo­cal club that wants to help lo­cal peo­ple – any­thing we can do to make things a bit eas­ier for Tracy, we’ll do it,’’ he said. ‘‘ The pub­lic are al­ways very gen­er­ous in help­ing us out and we ap­pre­ci­ate that.’’

Ella Banks and Tami­hana Kenny won the Repco car bal­loon and lolly jar count­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

Van Diggele said Tami­hana had do­nated the lol­lies back to the club to re-auc­tion at a later date.


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