The organiser of a vintage car show prayed for good weather and his efforts paid off, especially for the charity they support.
Marlborough’s Cancer Society received a massive windfall after the well-attended car show raised several thousands of dollars.
The popular Vintage Car Club Daffodil Day Vehicle Display smashed previous records, making nearly double the amount of last year’s show.
$17,500 was raised for the charity, with about 4000 Marlburians attending the show.
Organiser Kelly Landon-Lane says he got corns on his knees praying for fine weather for the third annual display.
And it worked, the day was one of the warmest and sunniest of the month.
“The weather leading up wasn’t great, but on the day – they [weather forecasters] got it a bit wrong,” Kelly says.
A cheque was presented by Organiser Bob O’Malley to Cancer Society Marlborough centre manager Felicity Spencer at a morning tea ceremony at the Vintage Car Clubs clubroom at Brayshaw Park on Wednesday.
Felicity says they were “overwhelmed” by the amount the Vintage Car Club made for the charity.
“It’s such an awesome effort, and they took all the initiative to run the event,” she says.
More than 50 generous local businesses contributed to the successful show.
“The support has been absolutely superb,” Kelly says.
“We had a figure in our mind when we started, around $15,000, and we made more than that.
“It’s progressed from $8000, to $9000 to more than $17,000 this year.
“You got to thank the people that turned up on the day.”
Bob says most families are affected “in one way or another” by cancer.
The money raised will go towards a new supportive care nurse hired by the society and to establish support groups for people affected by cancer in the region.
“The public really get behind us, it’s just incredible,” Bob says.
Kelly says the support from the community has been overwhelming.
“Hopefully we can keep the ball rolling and build on the event for next year,” he says.