The Country Cruisin' For Can Assist fundraiser has proven another success for the local cancer assistance group, raising $19,000.
More than 190 cars travelled from Bathurst's Rockabilly Cafe to The Foundations in Portland on Sunday, April 11 for the fundraiser, which first ran two years ago to honour the late Ash James, who lost his battle with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2018 at the age of 37.
Country Cruisin' organiser Mel James [Ash's sister] said the event showcased a vast variety of vehicles, and proved to be a successful day all round.
"We've already handed the $19,000 over to Gen [Croaker] and Barbara [Piddington] at Can Assist Bathurst so they can start filtering the funds out to cancer patients who need it the most," Ms James said.
"There was an outstanding array of cars and motorbikes on show, and it was fitting to stage the raffle in the shed where Ash used to store all his cars."
Ms James said the turnout was impressive given the ordinary weather conditions, and the Cruise and Shine team look forward to returning for the event's fourth installment next year.
"We hope to attract a few more participants next year to help us raise more funds for local people," she said.
"I think Ash would be very proud of everything we have achieved so far."
The fundraiser has raised $53,000 for Can Assist over the past three years.
For more information, visit the Country Cruisin For Can Assist Facebook page.
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