Wikipedia defines Charity as the following
Charity can be measured in a number of ways but
in today's world it's either a donation of money, time or goods. All
this was seen here today at the I.W.K. Telethon. I suppose if I
researched enough I will find out how this all began 29 years ago
but that isn't necessary. It's about here today that counts. Yes 29
years ago and countless of millions in donations later and once
again the record has been broken in monetary donations. The crew of
the British Car Club of Cape Breton are very honoured to be a part
of this for the last 4 years. Through searing heat and
relentless rain we stayed to entertain. The few hours we spend
entertaining the visitors by showing them these beautiful cars is a
simple donation of time that makes us all feel good. Here is what
went on at the I.W.K. telethon behind the Civic Center in Sydney.
Be there by 11:30 was the plan but when I arrived at 11:15
all hands were there already. Very impressive from the Esplanade I thought as I
quickly snapped a picture before entering the grounds. The next available
parking spot was down at the end next to John Inch's 73 TR 6. What a nice car.
This was the first good run this year for my green B so I popped the engine hood
to make sure all was OK. It wasn't long after that John has his hood up. WOW!
This engine compartment is C L E A N. With all that chrome it didn't take long
for the folks to gather.
Very nice display of some ole vintage British Cars. With the
hoods up we have my green B, and next, with people gathering, John's TR 6.
Walking up the road you see Donnie Peters LE and the ever pleasing Austin
Cambridge of Ricky and Sharon.
Climbing even further up the lane we have Bill MacDonald's
gorgeous 1969 MGB that Bill never stops making better. From there, Bob Jardine's
great looking B, Norm Connors original B, Mary MacIsaac's freshly painted B and
hidden at the end, Joe Renzi's Austin Healey Sprite, with eye Lashes no less. A
real kid pleaser for sure. How many times have I heard today "Look Mom !" as kids
passed by. It wasn't long after we arrived when good ole Barc showed up to see
what was going on.
You can't get a good view of the Bugeye's eyelashes but you
can see the good folks stopping to take a look. This little car surely is a feel
good car. Good ole Bobby Jardine is going to rub the paint off his car if he
keeps shinning it up. Nothing wrong with being proud of your car, and after all
the time, effort and money Bobby has into his car, why not have it
shinning like a new penny.
I am a little fanatical about these cars, I do enjoy
driving them and fixing them, and I think I can say that I know every nut and
bolt on mine and Paula's B. That being said I notice things that are a little
different. The clear lens on Bill MacDonald's car surely catches your eye. All
the chrome and the clear lens looks fantastic. Now Mike and Mary, don't kill me.
When I heard you had your car painted, I am sure I was just as excited as you. I
just love the color white on these cars, the white and black together looks
amazing. What didn't look amazing was the little dent by the front passenger
park light. My heart sank when I seen it but you know, this is almost
unnoticeable and chances are I am the only one who would notice this. The paint
isn't broken so I am sure it can be fixed with very minimal effort at a body
Enough about the club and the cars. We are here for the
I.W.K. As I have done other years, I walk around and talk to people and see
everything that going on. Inside the Civic Center, the hub, you can see that the
phones are manned waiting for the ringing to start. Next the volunteer station
where every volunteer must register. Thank heavens for all these volunteers,
they made everything run so smoothly
Yes, without volunteers, events such as this could never come
off so well. There is also local business who donated food and my heavens, so
greatly appreciated. Hamburgers, pizzas sweets sandwiches water fruit trays and
the list goes on. I can't mention any names in fear of forgetting someone but I
will say thanks to those who donated food. Greatly appreciated and a huge BCCCB
thank you, sent your way.
Throughout the day you could hear the sounds of children, the
sounds of applauses, the odd siren and the sounds of some very talented
musicians filled the air. For those who couldn't or didn't come down to
the boardwalk you miss one heck of concert. I expected more people to be
mingling around, just because of the music. Shortly after we arrived the sounds
of Christina Maryanna singing filled the air. Her singing alone was a reason to
come to the Sydney Boardwalk. This is really a "if you weren't there you missed
it" kinda thing. There were a few more musicians on stage and I must apologize
for not tracking you down and having your names on our site but I will say, in
the second photo, this band had everyone tapping their feet. Great job guys.
Another musician who's picture I miss the opportunity to take was a fiddler. We
were up by the Esplanade while he was playing and my heavens, what a great job
he did. The sounds of the fiddle could be heard all around. What a very pleasing
Stevie Lewis was kind enough to drop off his Plymouth Prowler
for this event. I seen this car before but I am sure many haven't. I mean
really, when was the last time you seen a Prowler. Chrysler only made these in a
limited number for I think.. the years built were in 1997 and 1999-2002
with only 11,702 made. Those who were lucky enough to buy one has them
tucked away. So thanks to Steve Lewis, here at the I.W.K. Telethon, a person can
get up-close and personal with a Plymouth Prowler.
I strolled a little further and came across the activities
tent for the kids. The first, a photo booth set-up. Here anyone can get put on a
simple costume and have a photo taken. Fun stuff. Next to that, the Cape Breton
Screaming Eagles had a few players representing their team and signing
The staff from Michael's Donated time to show children some
arts and crafts stuff. I am sure a very popular spot a little later in the day
when folks get the time to come around. Next, bean bag toss and ring toss.
Always fun for the kids and a few adults as well.
Next the kids workshop. This year as well as other years,
this is one popular little shop. Throughout the day all you could hear was the
sounds of little hand banging away with little hammers. I seen some of the
things they built, I am wondering if I could do so well. Next, the first aide
tent. We'll get to that in a moment.
While we were up at our cars, two lovely nursing students
Mellissa Pickup and Amy Fraser came up for a look. Don and I started up a
conversation with them and they told us that they are checking blood pressure in
the first aide tent. Me, being on blood pressure pills and Donnie with varying
blood pressure readings, we though this would be a good opportunity to have our
blood pressure checked. So away we go. In the tent, the lovely Andria Neville
was very obliging to check and see if we had a pulse. Hummm ... The first
reading from Don wasn't so good so Andria tried his other arm. With a
stern look she asked if he seen a doctor. I didn't hear the reply but I am
guessing he will within days. My turn. Donnie grabbed the camera and took a few
pics. Unknown to me, he told Mellissa and Amy to stand behind and make faces. I
was totally unaware of what was going on until I got home and started to sift
through the pictures, To my surprise, this is what I had seen. All in good fun
and all three girls were great sports. Andria came up a little later on to view
the cars. Great fun.
The sun is out but the air a tad cool and the people were
continuously showing up. Our cars were popular but the activity tent was a real
bustling place. just look at the people. Next pic is that of our own, Sharon
Cousins. I don't know how she does it. This girl literally ran her butt off
making sure everything ran well. With clipboard in hand she could be seen in all
areas of this venue getting things done. Sharon Cousins surely is a superhero
Speaking of superheroes, I couldn't believe my eyes when
Captain America, Iron Man, Superman and Spiderman had shown up. I believe they are
referred to as the Justice League of America. Later on I spotted another
superhero, Sparky the firefighting dog. Earlier in the day I seen Bearamedic
climb out of an Ambulance to entertain the children. I missed a photo opp with
the big guy.
Time for a few donations, and wouldn't you know, Jayson
Baxter and the lovely Kim Grant used our cars as the back drop. Kendra and Kelly
Fraser Donated $605.00 very nice. We'kowmag Mikmaw School donated whopping
$3700.00. Just out standing . Be proud guys and girls.
The ladies in red are from the Riverview Interact club and
they raised $400.00 for the I.W.K. As for the other three gentlemen standing
next to Jayson Baxter. They are from Boularderie School and there group raised
another $400.00. Every penny counts and another great donation. Once again, be
Getting close to the end of the day so it's back to the BCCCB
for the last few paragraphs. Walking up the lane in front of our cars. I noticed
the "Off The Wall Gang". A fearsome looking bunch standing behind their cars.
Glad I walked up the lane and not on the sidewalk, they might have tried to
steal my lunch money. Next we have good ole Mike MacIsaac. Mike is getting into
the groove with his BCCCB crested hat and jacket. We'll make a wrench spinner
out of you yet Mike. What's this... a couple of the Off the Wall Gang checking
out the backseat of a police cruiser. It's a tight fit there Bob and Norm.
Better stay on the right side of the law.
Time to pull the plug on another great I.W.K. Telethon. John
was the first to leave followed closely by Don an I then the rest. Good ole
Sharon, our own BCCCB Superhero actually stood in the middle of the Esplanade
and stopped the traffic to let us out. Thanks Sharon.
How can I sum up today? Today was truly a feel good kind of
day. The total donations for the I.W.K. Calculated up to a new record of
$5,800,000.oo and a hand full of the BCCCB were a part of this record breaking
day. Yeah, a feel good kind of day for sure. Food, entertainment, friends, new
and old were in abundance here today and there is only one phrase left to type.
If you weren't there you missed it. Come along next time.