Big year as Cars and Cof­fee grants ex­tra wishes for kids

Dubbo Photo News - - Community Event - By JOHN RYAN

PLENTY of peo­ple were wish­ing Dubbo’s Cars and Cof­fee was on this month but even the city’s best pieces of motoring iron need a break, es­pe­cially when so many have been cruising to Can­berra for this year’s Sum­mer­nats.

But all is not lost – the in­for­mal catch-ups re­sume on the first Sun­day of Fe­bru­ary and no-one could be hap­pier than Dubbo’s Make-a-wish crew who were the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of fundrais­ing from the 2018 events.

Dubbo Make-a-wish trea­surer Lyn Everett said she was over the moon.

“Very happy,” Mrs Everett said of the $7500 the or­gan­i­sa­tion re­ceived. “It will be won­der­ful to add to our fundrais­ing.

“We grant wishes to chil­dren in the Dubbo and ex­tended area to help make their lives a lit­tle eas­ier when they’ve got a life-threat­en­ing dis­ease,” she told Dubbo Photo

“The car en­thu­si­asts have been very, very gen­er­ous to us for the last few years – we love all the guys who are so good to us.”

She’s a fan of the syn­ergy Cars and Cof­fee has when it comes to mak­ing dreams come through, with so many of the peo­ple who drive their ve­hi­cles to the monthly catch-up in so many cases driv­ing the cars they’ve dreamed about for years.

She said those “big kids” have made their wishes come true by find­ing or restor­ing the cars they love.

“It’s lovely to think that the peo­ple who at­tend Cars and Cof­fee in Dubbo are giv­ing money to sup­port our kids in the 0 to 18-year-old age group; it’s nice to think older peo­ple are giv­ing back into the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Long-time Make-a-wish vol­un­teer Judy Hunt said the Cars and Cof­fee fundrais­ing is a pleas­ant way to help find money to help kids who need just a lit­tle bit of magic in their lives.

“I like to be in­volved in rais­ing these funds be­cause it all goes to sick chil­dren to brighten their day when they’ve been through so much,” she ex­plained.

Dubbo Cars and Cof­fee or­gan­iser Owen De Carle, along with wife Karen, spend al­most all their Cars and Cof­fee time at the en­trance to Vic­to­ria Park to col­lect the do­na­tions.

He said the par­tic­i­pants are in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous, of­ten hand­ing over $10 and $20 notes when the ask­ing price is only a gold coin do­na­tion.

“I sup­pose this is the cul­mi­na­tion of what we do dur­ing the year. It all goes to­wards this and we look for­ward to be­ing able to hand over the cheque to Make-a-wish ev­ery year,” Mr De Carle said.

“I think Make-a-wish does a great job with the work they do for the kids that re­ally need it. It takes a spe­cial sort of per­son to be able to do­nate their time and ef­fort into do­ing that sort of stuff, and hats off to them.”

One com­mu­nity group help­ing an­other: Or­gan­is­ers of Dubbo’s monthly Cars and Cof­fee event granted a cheque for $7500 so that Make-a-wish can con­tinue to grant wishes to chil­dren when they need them most.

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