By Mike Davey
Waterdown, Ontario — May 15, 2017 — Staff and volunteers at Waterdown Collision have every reason to be proud. Working together, they managed to wash over 125 cars per hour for four hours on Saturday, raising over $32,000 during the annual fundraising event for Dante’s Puddle Jumpers Charity Car Wash. The fundraiser is in support of cystic fibrosis research.
Waterdown Collision is owned and operated by Max DiFelice. Cystic fibrosis is a cause that hits close to home for his family. Dante DiFelice is a 14-year-old living with cystic fibrosis (CF) and is an active supporter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. This is the sixth annual event for Dante’s Puddle Jumpers.
This may be the most successful event to date. Last year the event raised $23,490 in just four hours. This is certainly a substantial donation, but this year’s total of over $32,000 eclipses it. However, even more impressive is the level of community involvement.
“Every year, Wendy, Nadia, Tracey, Tammy and Patricia from our office step up to spearhead this event, and we’re extremely grateful,” says Di Felice. “We’re also very grateful to the members of the community who volunteered their time. This year, we a total of 255 volunteers helping out, the police on-site to help direct traffic, volunteer paramedics on location and the local fire department brought some trucks for safety and for the kids.”
Di Felice also notes that businesses, both local and national, stepped up to help make Dante’s Puddle Jumpers a success.
“Local newspapers donated ad space to help us get the word out, and CHCH TV and a lot of the local radio stations ran promotions as well,” he says. “We had food donated by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, drinks donated by Discount Car and Truck Rentals and members of the Optimist and Rotary Clubs helped by volunteering as valet drivers.”