Southland Chev Club rev up fundraising

18 January, 2019

Video Credit – Lisa-Marre Fleck

Southland Chevrolet Club committee member Harry du Mez (left), vice president Chris Parkes and treasurer Paul du Mez (far right) with ILT Foundation trustee Sean Bellew. Photo: Lisa-Maree Fleck

About the organisation 

The Southland Chevrolet Club is the Southernmost Chevrolet club in the world for enthusiasts. 

The club started about 32 years ago, and at present it has about 20-25 members. 

Members of the club go on regular cruises, weekends away and attend other car shows. 

What the grant went towards 

The Southland Chevrolet Club received $2000 towards the costs associated with staging the Southern Grilles & Gasoline Car and Bike Show at the Collegiate Rugby Grounds on February 2 this year. (2019) 

The Chevrolet Club is hosting the show in conjunction with the rugby club. 

Proceeds from the event would be donated to St John. 

What the grant means to the organisation/community group 

“[The grant] makes [hosting the event] a cost neutral exercise for the club.  It allows us to provide entertainment and different events on the day free of charge to the public,” Southland Chevrolet Club treasurer Paul du Mez said. 

“If there is a good turn out on the day, any proceeds generated would be donated to St John. We are trying to get the thousands of cars in Invercargill out on show as well as fundraise for a good cause.” 

Hosting the event was also a way to ultimately grow and diversify the club, as the more members the club had the better it would be, Mr du Mez said.