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Car club gives back to the community

Nose Creek Park will once again be filled with hundreds of cars Aug.10 for the Time Travellers Car Club of Airdrie's Doin' it on the Grass Car Show. File Photo/Rocky View Publishing

The Time Travellers Car Club of Airdrie prides itself for its dedication to the community, raising nearly $150,000 for local charities since its inception in 2006, according to the organization, through its annual car show.

Jane Robison, club president, said the organization will host its annual Doin’ it on the Grass Car Show Aug. 10 at Nose Creek Park, and will once again be raising money for local charities.

“It’s a lot of fun and there’s an awful lot of good ‘heart-hugging’ and ‘warm fuzzies’ that go on in the City of Airdrie and it’s because we love where we live,” she said.

This year, the money raised will help support Airdrie Boys Scouts, Will for Riding and the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation, according to Robison. She said there will also be a food drive for the Airdrie Food Bank and the Veteran’s Food Bank.

“This is where our heart is. This is our home, and this is where we live, and these are the people that we see every single day,” she said of giving back to the community. “That’s one of the things that makes Airdrie such a beautiful place.”

Funds are raised through the $15 registration from participants and through cash or food donations from the public, Robison said. Each person to donate either food or cash to the food bank will get a ballot for the Airdrie Food Bank People’s Choice Award – attendees selection for favourite car in the show.

The Time Traveller’s Car Club works hard each year to bring the annual car show together, Robison said. The show was the third largest in the province last summer, she said, and more than 7,000 people attended. Robison hopes there will be more than 500 cars on display this year.

There will be food vendors with barbecue, pizza and ice cream for purchase. As well, Robison said, a massage therapist will be on site and possibly animals from local shelters, too.

Time Travellers’ mandate, according to Robison, has always been about helping others, while bringing people together through a common interest – being passionate about cars and community involvement.

Throughout the year, the club’s 42 members also host a small car show for the Airdrie Hospice Society.

“We work with their patients that don’t have the ability to get out and come and see the cars, but love the cars,” Robison said.

Club members also visit seniors at various facilities and homes in the city to allow them a chance to see the cars, she said. As well, she added, the club assists with an auto-mechanics program at W.H. Croxford High School, where students get to check out the cars and ask the owners questions.

“[Airdrie is] half an hour up the road from Calgary, but we haven’t forgotten those small-town-community roots. It’s important to the Time Travellers…that we stay close to one another and that we don’t lose sight of helping one another,” Robison said.

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