The organising committee of the recent Wanganui Road Rodders River City Park Up tallied up its takings and was able to make considerable contributions to three deserving local organisations - Victim Support, SPCA and Whanganui Cancer Society.
The Protecta Insurance River City Park Up was held on Sunday, April 9 and attracted about 500 vehicles, including European and American cars, vintage, classic, hot rods, competition vehicles, bikes, boats and the Whanganui DHB Mobile Dental Unit.
Trade displays, Steam Punk and kids' entertainment were also part of the day.
The $4125.60 was shared between the three organisations at an informal ceremony outside the Road Rodders' clubrooms last Friday.
"Because we had a sponsor - Protecta Insurance - we were able to donate all the gate takings to the charities," says the organising committee's Candace Sixtus. The sponsor was there on the day and the Cancer Society and Victim Support both had stalls at the venue, Whanganui City College grounds.
"We showed the flag and it was fascinating watching the cars," says Julie O'Leary, manager of Victim Support.
"We're looking at doing it [the Park Up] again," says Candace. "Protecta Insurance has secured sponsorship rights for a couple of years." The feedback from out of town exhibitors has been all positive, with most expecting to turn up at subsequent shows.
"And thanks to Whanganui City College for the use of their grounds and the support they gave us, especially Tom Wilson, the groundsman," says Candace. "It was also a good opportunity for the charities to have their displays on the day, so it wasn't just about cars."
Long-time member and former vice-president of Wanganui Road Rodders, Ian Hooper, died early last year. He was a driver for both the Cancer Society and Victim Support. Wanganui SPCA's premises are next door to the Road Rodders' clubrooms.