Lift for London Event Lifts Local Spirits

Hamilton, ON – January 7, 2013 – CARSTAR Collision & Glass Centres across Canada are continuously involved in the communities in which they serve. Whether it’s an unexpected visit to a local partner, sponsoring a local minor sports team or participating in CARSTAR’s annual events raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, our stores are always active in their community.

Wayne and Luci Minogue are multi CARSTAR store owners who saw the need to give back this past March when they held their first “Lift for London” event giving away a refurbished mini-van to a London family.

On Thursday, December 20, CARSTAR London East played host to the event for the second time in 2012. This time around an upgraded 2008 Ford Focus was donated to Jacqueline Thompson. Jacqueline, a local resident who helps run LifeSpin, an agency that supports low-income individuals, was recently honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her efforts in assisting her community.

“We received over 150 letters from local residents sharing their stories of hardship. It was an emotional process narrowing down the entries,” said Robert Jasper, CARSTAR’s Regional Manager for Southwestern Ontario. “Jacqueline, in addition to helping write letters for several other entrants, received numerous nominations from community members whose lives she has touched.”

Along with the 2008 Ford Focus, Jacqueline was presented with $500 in gas vouchers and over $1,000 to assist with insurance costs. Three “Lift for London” runners-up were awarded with $500 in gift certificates for food and merchandise donated by the events sponsors.

“Hosting events such as “Lift for London” makes you step back and recognize how fortunate you are to have your health, your home and your family,” said Wayne Minogue. “Giving back to those less fortunate is what we’re are all about at CARSTAR.”

Sponsors for “Lift for London” included; LKQ Corporation, Preferred Insurance, Pacific Marine, NAPA CMAX, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Dominion of Canada, ChildCan, London Moms, LifeSpin, and KCR Service Centre.