Test drive for good cause

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Airdrie residents will have the opportunity to take a brand new vehicle for a spin to raise money for W.H. Croxford High School Oct. 14.

Davis Chevrolet is participating in the Buick Drive For Your Students campaign for the third consecutive year. According to Jessica Jacobs, social media strategist and community ambassador at Davis Chevrolet, Buick will donate $20 to the school for every person who takes a vehicle for a test drive.

This year’s fleet will include Sierra 1500s, Yukon Danalis, Terrains, Acadias, Enclaves, Encores, a Canyon, Envision and possibly a Lacrosse. Jacobs said anyone 18 years of age and older with a valid Alberta driver’s licence can take one of the vehicles for a test drive.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at W.H. Croxford High School and will include free coffee and munchies, she said.

“So often, it’s bake sales and chocolate sales and cookie sales and that kind of stuff, which takes up so much time and there’s lots of parent volunteers…. This initiative is so awesome because it’s one day and it’s really easy,” she said. “It’s literally a three-minute drive.”

The event saw nearly 400 test drives in its first year, which was topped with 450 last year. Jacobs said this year’s goal is 500, which would equate to $10,000.

“The more people that drive, the more money they make for the school,” she said. “Croxford doubled its population since last year…and because it’s a new school, they don’t have an established fund and so it’s a great way to build that fund up to help offset some of the costs.”

She said funds raised from the event will be divided into athletic, band and culinary programs at the school, and some will be reserved for equipment.

“Aside from the fact that it’s super easy to do and it makes a really big impact, I think it’s really important when we live in a community like Airdrie that we’re all looking out for these kind of community initiatives,” she said.

“Whether it’s school, whether it’s healthcare systems or healthcare initiatives – because ultimately, the majority of us are utilizing those resources…. Education is an important thing.”

For more information, visit buickdriveforyourstudents.ca

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