Getting ready for the Test Drive a Ford for Literacy event on June 6 are Tim Hooper (left)

Getting ready for the Test Drive a Ford for Literacy event on June 6 are Tim Hooper (left)

JCI Vernon drives one for literacy

On June 6, test-drive a brand-new vehicle and the Ford Motor Company will donate funds to the Junction Literacy Centre

Join JCI Vernon, Junction Literacy Centre and Watkin Motors Ford June 6 to support literacy in the community.

Hosted at the Fairfield Inn & Suites on Anderson Way, the public is encouraged to come and test drive a Ford in order to raise money for literacy in the community.

Ford Motor Company and its dealers launched a program called Drive 4 UR Community, designed to help raise funding for local community groups and nonprofit organizations. Watkin Motors will provide the cars to be test-driven. For every valid test drive completed per family, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the Junction Literacy Centre, up to a maximum of $6,000.

“We are so grateful to Watkin Motors Ford for partnering with us to support literacy programs in our community,” said JCI Vernon member and event captain Karla Ziegler, “it’s an easy, no-cost way for the public to support a fundamental life skill.

“There is absolutely no sales pressure. It’s a great opportunity to test-drive a new car, learn more about the latest technology in auto manufacturing and see what vehicle matches your needs.”

This event is part of a larger JCI Vernon initiative called “Grow it Forward,” where four groups of JCI members were given $50 in November 2014 and the task to grow the fund into a larger sum that would benefit the organization of their choice.

“We are very excited that JCI has chosen the Junction Literacy Centre as a recipient for the event,” said executive director Wendy Aasen. “The donations will allow us to continue to provide literacy support to struggling students in an effort to improve their reading skills and boost their confidence.”

Since the start of the project, JCI Vernon members have organized popcorn sales at the Christmas Light Up, Dog Treat sales, a Zumbathon and a drive-thru breakfast, all benefiting various community groups.

During the Test Drive a Ford for Literacy event, JCI Vernon will also be hosting a concession and barbecue lunch sponsored by A&W Vernon, with proceeds going to the JCI Vernon scholarship fund with the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan. So bring your family out to Test Drive a Ford for Literacy June 6 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn & Suites.

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