By Sara Moulton
Fernie Ford will again team up with the Fernie Ghostriders this Saturday for their ‘Drive One 4 UR Community’ event, raising up to $6,000 to go towards the Player Education Scholarship Fund for the team.
It’s easy to get involved – simply head down to the Fernie Memorial Arena between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm on Saturday 28 September and enjoy an obligation-free test drive in a current Ford model of your choice. For each drive, Fernie Ford Sales and Ford Canada will donate $20 to the local Junior ‘B’ hockey team.
Since its inception in 2010, the Drive One 4 UR School/Community program has been growing every year and has raised over $1,000,000 for local schools, community groups and charities in Canada and the United States. Loretta Johnson of Fernie Ford Sales Ltd is pleased to be hosting the event for the third consecutive year.
“Fernie Ford is committed to supporting the community, and when the opportunity arose with the Drive One 4 UR Community event through Ford of Canada, we knew we wanted to be a part of it,” said Johnson. “This is a great way for the Ghostriders to fundraise and for Fernie Ford to showcase our vehicles”.
Available models to test drive include the Focus, Fusion, Edge, F150 Ecoboost, F150 XTR, F350, Explorer and Escape. For the cost of nothing but a small amount of time, the community can experience the features and performance of a new Ford while helping out their favourite Junior Hockey club.
The President of the Ghostriders, Barb Anderson, knows all too well just how supportive Fernie and the Elk Valley are of their local team.
“This town is pretty passionate about the Ghostriders. I think it shows, not only in the support we get from the arena, but also in the support that we get with helping the team through volunteering and donations,” she said.
Anderson is also proud that the club will be doing some community fundraising of their own, through a barbeque supplied by Overwaitea Fernie.
“We’ll be holding a barbeque on the day of the Drive One 4 UR Community, and then that money we’ll donate”, said Anderson. “This year, all the proceeds will be going to Kidsport, which helps kids with sports fees and gear if they are not able to afford it”.
In past years, the barbeque has raised money that was then donated to other very worthy causes, such as the Children’s Hospital and STARS.