When the members of Let’s Go Cruisin’ decided to utilize the March Peninsula Cruise Night as a special Fund Raising effort for the Bush Fire Appeal, we had no idea of the great support we’d receive from our sponsors, our LGC Cruisers, our regular Cruise night entrant’s and the local public.
This tragic event has impacted many car enthusiasts and their families as well thousands of our fellow Victorian’s. It has galvanized all of us into doing whatever we can to help get people directly affected to get their lives back on track. With official warnings from emergency services suggesting it was better to stay home, we still had over 200 entrants and their families brave the weather forecast and cruise to the Bush Fire Appeal Cruise Night. We were also fortunate that Richard Ferlazzo from GM Holden bought along the Efijy to wow the crowd. Les Heintz also rolled his ACDelco Drag Car off the trailer to give us a close up look at one of the best race cars in Australia. Then there were the high performance boats, along with the award winning street rods on display indoors. Beat staying home watching TV!
Our sponsors had been very supportive of this extra effort, donating over $3,000 worth of goods to use for the fund raising raffle.
Live entertainment from Two Phase kept the crowd entertained and food kept be carried out of the Sober Mule Café as usual.
A Mornington based CFA tanker paid a visit and although the crew was on stand by, they managed to grab a quick look at the cars on display. They were caught off guard when at a band break, they were presented with a $500 cheque from Let’s Go Cruisin’ to help keep their invaluable work going. We all appreciate the great job you guys do for us.
Ten minutes before the raffle draw was due to start, it started to rain, and for once, a bunch of dedicated car enthusiasts didn’t seem to care. We all recognized the urgent need for some!
So, with everyone holding tickets in the raffle crowded under the verandah, we started drawing winning tickets. It didn’t take too long as it seemed the value of the prizes had got everyone’s attention and they’d all stayed.
This cruise night was really about raising much needed funds and the bottom line is that we have banked $2700.50 from last night’s fund raising efforts.
We’ll be making arrangements to transfer this to the Red Cross Appeal in the next few days.
Our thanks to all those that braved the weather and supported this effort by coming along, buying a ticket or two or dropping some coins in the bucket. We hope you were one of the lucky ones taking home a prize along with memories of fun at another cruise night.
Our thanks to:
- The Preston Motors Team at Dandenong.
- Richard & Ian from Holden for bringing the Efijy for us all to enjoy.
- Les Heintz for displaying the ACDelco drag car
- Phil Thomson from The Bow-Tie Garage
- Sabe from Sabe’s Hobby House
- Rohan from Radiator Workshop in Mornington & Cooldrive for the Vintage Air unit
- Mirvac who provided the use of the indoor building for the displays.
- Jeweler Roger Thomas for the hand crafted solid silver key ring
- Antonio from the Sober Mule for another great catering job.
- The many traders that came along to support the special fund raising effort even when the weather indicated that the prospects for business were not going to be too great.
- The boys from the Variety Club who volunteered their time to help us
- Pete & Trev from Two Phase who volunteered their time to entertain us free of charge. You can hear them again this Sunday at Cruisin’ Main St in Mornington Park.
- To all the car & boat owners who displayed their fabulous rides
Hope to see you Sunday at Cruisin Main St.
Here are some photos from our roving photographer Graeme.