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Drive 4 UR School program a wrap after raising more than $48,000

Saturday, 27 January 2018. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Drive 4 UR School program a wrap after raising more than $48,000
Castle Ford and Ford Canada teamed with St. Michael’s and Matthew Halton schools for a final fundraiser in the fall, raising the maximum amount of $6,000. Shown with the school mascots are, from left, Castle Ford staff members Robb Alexander, Randy Gibson, Pete Schauerte and Tom Barr.   Photo courtesy of Castle Ford

Drive 4 UR School program a wrap after raising more than $48,000

By Georgia Dale

Castle Ford in Pincher Creek and Ford Canada have teamed up for the last five years to raise funds for schools in our area.

Until this year, Ford Canada offered a program called Drive 4 UR School, donating $20 per test drive taken during a one-day event.

Castle Ford participated in this fundraiser five times in Pincher Creek, where funds were split between Matthew Halton and St. Michael’s schools, and three times for both Livingstone School in Lundbreck and Crowsnest Consolidated High School in Crowsnest Pass.  

Each time, Castle Ford was able to raise the maximum amount of $6,000 for each community — a major boon to the schools.

Robert Plante, a co-ordinator of the booster club at Matthew Halton High School, says it was a great help to the organization, which aims to raise $8,000 each year to help with costs such as academic and sport awards, busing for sporting events and uniforms.

Funds from the booster club also go toward the Needs Program, where students can receive a meal or some warm clothing if they need it.

Drive 4 UR School contributed $3,000 per year to the booster club for the last five years and Robert says it will be a challenge to replace that source.

“It was such a great program,” he says. “Nobody had to go door to door. All people had to do was show up and test drive a new Ford.”

He says it was also a great way for people to get into a Ford, since it was an informal, pressure-free setting for people to check out a vehicle.

Schools in the area are definitely going to miss the donations from Ford Canada, and they absolutely appreciate the support they’ve been shown over the last five years. They send out specific thanks to Castle Ford for hosting the events in each community.

Over the last five years Ford donated over $3 million across Canada through the Drive 4 UR School program.