A Drive For Everyone

Published: 09 Dec 2008

The internet proved to be an essential tool for charity fundraisers when they were looking to purchase a brand new car for a forthcoming promotion.

When fundraisers for ‘Get Kids Going’, a national charity which gives disabled children and young people – up to the age of 26 years, the opportunity to participate in sport, came up with the idea of raffling a car to raise essential funds, a simple search on the internet steered them towards Jennings Ford Direct in South Shields.

Wing Commander, Steve Chadwick, based at RAF Brize Norton in West Oxfordshire, contacted sales manager, Gavin Moffatt at the Newcastle Road dealership, who agreed to a generous discount on a brand new Ford Ka for the raffle.

“The charity wanted to purchase a brand new car as the main prize in a raffle they were organising and we were delighted to assist, by offering an extremely competitive deal on a Ford Ka,” said Gavin Moffatt, sales manager at Jennings Ford Direct in South Shields.

A total of 1000 tickets are being sold and the cost of each ticket is £10, giving people a 1:1000 chance of winning the brand new Ford Ka, which comes with a full body coded exterior, cd player with MP3 socket, electric front windows, central door locking, remote tailgate release, power assisted steering, anti-lock brakes, passive anti-theft system and remote control door mirrors.

Fundraiser, Steve Chadwick, said; “Already we have sold 600 tickets via various means and methods, however, we’ve now set up a facility on our website, which enables members of the public to purchase a ticket online, which is excellent.”

By clicking on www.justgiving.com/deliaandstevechadwick and following the ‘sponsor us now’ instructions, not forgetting to add contact details in the comments box, the ticket will be posted out, or if you are content with an e-mail confirmation just put your e-mail address in the comments box.

‘Get Kids Going’ provides disabled children with specially built sports’ wheelchairs so they can participate in marathons, triathlons, tennis, athletics, mountain skiing, rugby, basketball etc. The charity also helps and encourages British disabled children to compete by supporting them with their sports training, physiotherapy, travel, design and development of sports’ wheelchairs.

The charity boasts a number of successes, one of which is Shelly Woods, from Blackpool, who earned herself and Great Britain a couple of medals at the Beijing Para-Olympics. Shelly’s racing chairs, like many disabled athletes are provided by ‘Get Kids Going’.

Anyone wanting to purchase a raffle ticket and help raise money for ‘Get Kids Going’ can contact Steve Chadwick on 01993 897216, or alternatively log onto www.justgiving.com/deliaandstevechadwick and purchase a ticket online.

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