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Local business marks 50 years with free car repairs for volunteers

Last Updated May 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm PST

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A group of car dealerships is celebrating half a century by giving back to those who volunteer in the community

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – A good deed tends to last a longer than birthday cake.

A group of car dealerships in Richmond is celebrating 50 years in business by offering free car repairs to volunteers in the community.

It’s called Project Purpose. Aaron Fraser, service manager at the Cowell Auto Group, says the idea came out of a discussion of ways to give back, not just to customers, but to those who have given of themselves.

There are two ways to be eligible. “One is, are you making or creating a meaningful difference in your community? Are you giving back, are you volunteering, or taking care of people or whatever that is that you might do to, you know, give back to the community,” Fraser explains. “The other one is, are you in need as well?”

Cowell hopes to recognize 24 dedicated volunteers.

He admits it’s well-timed, given the price of gas these days.
“Well, that’s the fantastic thing. We’d actually planned this, you know, long before that kind of happened, but with that jump to a buck 60 and a buck 60 plus, you know, it’s definitely a lot harder to, not even maintain your car, just to put it on the road and get [from] A to B.”

If you think you, or someone you know, is deserving of this initiative, head to ProjectPurpose.ca.