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Car shop in Newmarket will be foaming for a good cause on Saturday

Car shop in Newmarket will be foaming for a good cause on Saturday

CARSTAR Newmarket will be holding a charity car wash on July 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Drivers can have their car cleaned for a good cause this Saturday at the CARSTAR Newmarket car wash in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Romena Deokinandan is one of the owners of the car body, which has been based in Newmarket since 2011. She said she and her family are excited to hold the car wash event again after COVID-19 has prevented it in recent years. Her son Ryan, who is also part of the team there, agreed.

“We wanted to be extra large,” he said. “We’re going to have a barbecue, we’re going to have a raffle. We’ll be washing cars all day.”

Although it is the first charity car wash they have run since the pandemic, they previously had three. It’s also a long-running fundraising campaign at CARSTAR locations across North America, which over the years this initiative has run has collectively raised nearly $4 million for cystic fibrosis research. Each store can choose when to do their Soaps It Up car wash in support of the charity between June and August.

“I’ve been really inspired by everything I’ve seen in the franchise so far. I’m very moved by the stories and seeing people survive and live with them. It’s very inspiring to help and show what we are like grown from $0 to nearly $5 million,” Deokinandan said.

There is a sign about the campaign in the Newmarket CARSTAR location and she said previous customers have seen it and shared their stories of how the disease is affecting them.

“They’re like ‘oh my god, my son has cystic fibrosis’ and they connect with us that way,” she said.

“That’s when you realize it, you know, makes the whole experience very real. It just really empowers us to keep fighting as a store,” Ryan said.

Bring their car to CARSTAR at 445 Harry Walker Parkway North on Saturday, July 30, and for a minimum donation of $5, you can have it washed. The event is walk-in style, no appointment necessary.

“We’re going to make sure everyone leaves with a smile. It’s a happy event. We’re a family and we’re going to make it a fun family day,” Deokinandan said. “We are very excited.”

The benefit car wash will run on Saturday 30 July from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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