Joe Meloche Ford helps Bantam Minors with fundraiser

By Joel Charron

The Amherstburg Stars bantam minor hockey team and their parents sure are “driven” to raise money for their team.

The Bantam Stars along with Joe Meloche Ford is bringing Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited’s innovative Drive One 4 UR Community program to the Amherstburg community in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for the bantam minor travel team.

“We know how important extracurricular activities are to our kids, and as part of this community, we want to help,” said Shirley Meloche at Joe Meloche Ford. “This is why we’re excited to raise money for Amherstburg Minor Hockey, meanwhile introducing parents and other drivers to our high-quality line-up and innovative safety technologies.”

Volunteers for the Amherstburg Bantam Stars Travel team partnered with Joe Meloche Ford in efforts to raise $6,000 through Ford Canada’s Drive One 4 UR community program

Diane Bertram, parent  of the a bantam player, said she saw a sign at Sandwich Secondary School in LaSalle about the program and asked Meloche if they would be interested in partnering with the travel hockey team to raise funds.

“They said they could sponsor a school or community based event,” explain Bertram.

For every person who test-drove a Ford vehicle at the United Communities Credit Union Complex, Joe Meloche Ford and Ford of Canada will donate $20 to the bantam minor travel team.

The goal was $6,000, and proceeds are designed for on-ice expenditures including ice rentals, uniforms, travel expenses and referees.

The event featured the Ford Focus, Fiesta, Mustang, Edge, Explorer, F-150 and other available models.

Despite the morning rain, Bertram said the community “came out to support” their local team.

“People have been so supportive,” said Bertram.

Meloche said she jump on board with this program because it is a way to give back to a community that has been “very supportive” of their dealership.

“We have all of our staff here,” said Meloche. “We’re all pumped up and excited.”

Since the start of Ford’s Drive One 4 UR School and Community programs in 2010, more than 25,000 test-drives at more than 160 events have generated over $460,000 in donations for high schools and organizations in Canada.

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