By CRM Staff
Peterborough, Ontario — March 27, 2018 — In early March, Jim and Cathy Shirtliff, owners of CARSTAR Peterborough, along with sponsors from Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Burrows Insurance Brokers, LKQ, Fitzsimmons Towing, Kings Auto Wreckers, Autographics Peterborough, Wurth, Akzo Nobel and Peterborough Petes, presented a refurbished van to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough to support its community programs.
According to Cathy, CARSTAR franchises are often involved in these types of donations across the country, though this was the first time it had been done in the Peterborough area. “We just really want to become more community-oriented and helping out an organization like this has an immediate local impact,” she says.
As part of the program, the CARSTAR location will find a total loss vehicle from a salvage company and either purchase it or propose a donation from the company. The rest of the repair, including the parts and the time required to fix it, is purchased and donated by the CARSTAR franchise and its local sponsors. The charity the vehicle goes to is chosen by the CARSTAR location itself, with a focus on a local need. Big Brothers Big Sisters was selected by Jim and Cathy’s team due to their obvious transportation needs. “They shuttle kids around on a regular basis,” Cathy says.
The other sponsors provided help in many different forms, says Cathy, including financial support, labour hours, technical repair assistance and the artwork and decals that were placed on the vehicle itself.
For more information about CARSTAR, please visit carstar.ca.