Bridgestone Australia Ltd. raises $16,000 for Leukeamia Foundation
Bridgestone's recent National Dealer Conference was a success in more ways than one, with a massive $16,000 raised for the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia.
The funds for the Foundation, which is the national organisation for people living with leukaemia, were raised through the auction of two TAG Heuer Lewis Hamilton watches - which came in boxes signed by the F1 wizz-kid himself.
One of the watches was offered for auction at the conference, with Bridgestone Chairman and CEO Mac Ohashi promising to match the auction price for the second watch.
Leukaemia Foundation GM Business Relationships Liddy Dolman, Bridgestone Tyre
Centre Thornton Franchisee Ashley McDougall and Bridgestone Chairman and CEO
Mac Ohashi (far right) at the cheque presentation.
At the end of a spirited auction, Ashley McDougall from Bridgestone Tyre Centre Thornton, NSW, was the successful bidder for the first watch at a staggering $8,000 - a sum that Mac then matched for the second watch.
"The Leukaemia Foundation is a wonderful organisation doing fantastic things in our community so we're really pleased to be supporting such a worthwhile cause," Mac said.
"We have a long-standing relationship with the Foundation. We are the major sponsor of their Patient Transport cars and we are always happy to help the great work they do in any way we can."
Eight vehicles are provided to the Leukaemia Foundation through the partnership with Bridgestone Australia Ltd and its franchise dealer network. The cars, which were upgraded to VE Commodores last year, provide transport for children and adults suffering from Leukaemia to hospitals and clinics for treatment. In addition, transportation assistance is offered to patients and their families required to relocate from regional areas to a capital city for every day needs such as grocery shopping.
Liddy Dolman, the Leukaemia Foundation's General Manager Business Relationships, said the money would go a long way in helping to care for and support patients.
"Bridgestone has provided fantastic support to the Foundation for more than 10 years and we would like to thank them for this recent generous donation," Liddy said.
"The funds will be used to complement the courtesy vehicles that Bridgestone already supply us with. These vehicles provide much-needed transport to patients and their families across Australia.
"However, the general running costs for these vehicles is expensive, with the cars travelling thousands of kilometres every year, so this donation will go a long way towards helping us cover these vital expenses."
Go to http://www.btc.net.au/ for more information.