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Saturday car show helps send kids to camp

The Vision Tree Cruise-In takes place this Saturday, where vintage vehicles gather to send kids to camp.
The second annual Vision Tree Cruise In takes place Saturday August 29

This Saturday, take a spin over to the second annual Vision Tree Cruise-In car show and rally. While the event is free to attend, all donations and proceeds from vehicle registration help send less fortunate kids to Camp Kawkawa.

Vision Tree, the branch of the Chilliwack Alliance Church which organizes and funds community events, has partnered with Robertson Elementary School to provide students with the opportunity to attend the picturesque, newly-renovated retreat.

"The show is open to anyone who enjoys the hobby, two or four wheels, any make, year, or model" says Gordon Mathies, chairman of the Vision Tree Cruise-In Committee.

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Last year's show featured more than 50 stunning American muscle cars, vintage hot-rods and an array of restored collectors and unique custom cars and trucks.

The money raised through car registration, donations and sponsorships goes directly towards sending Robertson Elementary kids to camp next summer. Mathies says that Vision Tree hopes to be able to expand funding to additional Chilliwack schools in the future.

"For many inner-city families, sending their kids to camp is simply out of their financial reach," Mathies explains. Fundraisers like this "give the kids an awesome camping trip, and it gives the parents a break."

Camp Kawkawa is a 20-acre Christian camp on the eastern shore of Kawkawa Lake in Hope. More than 30 kids were able to attend the camp this summer thanks to last year's Cruise-In fundraising.

Each 6-day camping spot is valued at $450, providing endless opportunities for kids to try archery, zip-lining, waterskiing, tubing and more, allowing for personal development and leadership training.

The car show takes place in the parking lot of the Chilliwack Alliance Church (8700 Young Road) on Saturday August 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vehicle registration is required and can be done online until the morning of the show.

Following the car show, registered vehicles will participate in a 5-stop car rally around Chilliwack, concluding their cruise at a local farm to enjoy a roast dinner, prize draws, and the Big Bucks auction.

The auction has some big ticket items which include: restaurant gift cards, a GPS, automotive memorabilia, designer purses, and the grand prize, $1,500 worth of paint and body work.

So shine up those wheels and head over to the cruise-in for a cause this Saturday.

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