On May 13th, Tauranga Evolution and Untamed Motorsport held a ‘park up’ car event to raise money for the victims of the Edgecumbe floods. One of the members of the Tauranga Evolution club, Emma, lost everything - including her Mitsubishi Evolution 8 - so the club members saw the full effects of the floods.

After seeing the devastation, the clubs made a plan to run a charity ‘park up’ event to fundraise money and then donate the funds raised to The Foodbank Project so that necessary food and supplies could be purchased and delivered to those who needed it.

Around 120 cars showed up to the event, carrying close to 300 people in total. Each driver donated at least $10 and each additional passenger gave at least $5.

“The atmosphere on the day was pretty amazing, there were a bunch of people all together with the love of two things - their cars and doing their bit to help local people in need.”

Emma, whose car was written off in the floods, had her car taken to the event on a trailer so people could see the full extent of the flood damage.

After a day of competitions, auctions, food and lots of fun, the event raised $2667 and was donated through cash donations to The Foodbank Project. Event organiser Bronnie says “we’d do it again in a heartbeat”.

Bronnie and the other event organisers want to say a special thank you to their sponsors and donors, including:

  • ASB Bay Park who donated the venue free of charge
  • An anonymous tyre company who donated 2 sets of rims to be auctioned off with all proceeds going to The Foodbank Project donation
  • Downtime Entertainment
  • Rolling Addiction Photography
  • Hellers Sausages NZ who donated sausages
  • Bay Hire Centre who provided a BBQ
  • DJ4U who provided sound equipment

Have you raised money for The Foodbank Project? Tell us about it, we'd love to know!