The 2nd Annual John Chisholm School “Show and Shine” was about more than shiny classic cars.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Frank.
Fred Douglas, Lou Lorge and Curis Lambert lounge on an old beauty at the John Chishom School's Show and Shine on Friday.
The school on Friday saw students, parents and community groups congregate at the John Chisolm for a fun day featuring a barbeque, a dunk tank, face painting and, of course a lot of nice cars. However, the day had an underlying focus to raise awareness and funds for mental illness and Clara Hughes’ Big Ride.
“The more people we get to know about it, the easier it will be to fix and stop,” Katie May, student representive for the “Show and Shine”, said about mental illness.
This year’s Show and Shine” built on last year’s inaugural event, which wasn’t a fundraiser but simply a community building event
“We had a goal to build community. It was our effort to say come and find out about John Chishom School,” Jan Stewart, vice-principal of John Chisholm, said of last year’s “Show and Shine”. “So, the theme then was to show and shine our selves…and to invite people into our yard because we have a perfect yard to do a show.”
This year, through donations from local businesses and the efforts of the John Chisholm’s Connections 20 class, over $1000 was raised to go to the mental health association. Contributing to half of the funds was Silver Star Salvage who donated $500.
Included in the over 40 cars that shined in the sunlight on Friday, were police cars, the EMS and military vehicles.
“Lot’s of the kids from the schools are coming over to look at the cars and they like hopping in the ambulance and military vehicle of here and seeing what it’s all about,” explained Const. Landon Giraudier.
Also at the event was a soon to be graduate Shailynn Taylor —who has muscular dystrophy. The Grade 12 student presented a special a plaque of recognition from the International Federation of Fire Fighters to the Moose Jaw Fire Department for the $1572.80 they have raised for families with muscular dystrophy.
“People living with muscular dystrophy need a lot of specialized equipment, lots of doctors appointments, time for parents off of their work,” explained Taylor. “The money is pooled together and divied out, as they see fit for the tons of families across Canada who are affected by muscular dystrophy.
Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.