SBNH car rally goes Sept. 30
The South Burnaby Neighbourhood House (SBNH) Car Rally is back for its 11th year, with a new sponsor and new fundraising initiative.
Sponsors and participating teams will unravel clues and riddles to drive to where they need to go on rally day, Sunday, Sept. 30, taking on interactive challenges and games along the way. The day ends with a late luncheon at the Eagle Creek banquet hall at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course where the prizes are handed out.
The event always starts off with breakfast at 9 a.m. and this year it's courtesy of O'Reilly's Organic Coffee House, a new family-owned business at the corner of Sixth Street and 10th Avenue, which has entered a team as well.
"They were keen to help out in the community," said Antonia Beck, SBNH executive director, of O'Reilly's breakfast sponsorship.
Also new this year is the car rally raffle, through which "we thought it would be good for participants and users of the neighbourhood house to get involved in fundraising," Beck said. "Any user of the neighbourhood house can participate on a smaller scale."
The raffle allows anyone to chip at a cost of only $2 a ticket (or three for $5 or a book of 15 for $20). Prizes include a Blackberry, a river-rafting trip, a $500 VIA rail gift certificate, Vancouver Giants tickets, and a $200 gift certificate that can be used towards SBNH daycare or preschool fees or two tickets to its annual Diamond Ball.
The car rally itself is expected to raise about $15,000 while another $4,000 could be raised if all the raffle tickets are sold.
The money funds programs and operating costs, such as rent and utilities, that are otherwise not fully-funded by grants, including the seniors lunch and youth leadership programs, said Beck.
"People are having a difficult time time, they're losing jobs," said Beck of the current economy. "That just increases the need for the neighbourhood house. So fundraising is a really important piece for us between [the car rally] and Diamond Ball."
Teams wanting to enter the car rally can still do so at a cost of $300 per team. Businesses often use it as a teambuilding exercise for employees, said Beck.
Meanwhile, raffle tickets will be sold until Friday, Sept. 28. The draw will take place Sept. 30.
To register for the car rally or to purchase raffle tickets, call 604-431-0400 or visit the neighbourhood hosue at 4845 Imperial St., Burnaby.