VITAL support for more than 60 children has been secured through the "Millsy's Donation Drive for SunnyKids” fundraising program.
Brett Mills of Ken Mills Toyota presented SunnyKids with a $30,000 cheque at the culmination of the fourth year of the campaign.
This year the fundraising took the form of a "You Drive, We Donate” campaign whereby Ken Mills Toyota donated $40 for each test drive taken at either the Maroochydore or Nambour dealership over a two-week period at the beginning of October; and through a night of food, fun and fundraising at the highly acclaimed "Pop-Up Restaurant” - a fine dining experience held in the transformed Ken Mills Toyota Service Centre at Maroochydore.
"The restaurant event was somewhere between a car yard sausage sizzle and an elaborate restaurant, and in the middle you have the pop-up restaurant,” Mr Mills said.
"Obviously it is a car workshop by day, but the incredible team who are my staff at Ken Mills Toyota, we transformed it into a restaurant for 150 people in under 24 hours.
"We are a big supporter of SunnyKids and we wanted an event where like-minded people can get together. We have one big table down the middle, it's a communal kind of event, we share food, break some bread, have a drink and raise money for that awesome charity which supports the kids in our community. As a father and long term resident of the Sunshine Coast, it is something I am especially proud to be involved in.”
SunnyKids CEO and founder Chris Turner said without the support of Brett Mills, "himself a dedicated family man, we simply wouldn't be able to reach the number of vulnerable children that we do”.
"Put simply the $30,000 raised by Brett and his team will secure support for an additional 62 children, and for that we are very grateful,” he said.
With tickets sold out and the addition of two very talented Toyota Starmaker musicians performing on the night, 2016 winner Karin Page and previous winner Jared Porter, the event looks to be going from strength to strength.
"I express my thanks to all the members of the local community who got involved and came and supported the test drives - that alone raised $5000 and we are grateful to have that support,” Mr Mills said.
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