Carkinator Car Rally delivers $47,289 to WDMH Foundation


 The third annual Carkinator Car and Moto Rally, that was held Saturday, July 6, raised $47,289 for the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The money goes into the undesignated fund, which supports the ongoing needs of the hospital in a range of departments.

The Rally is named for NHL defenseman, Matt Carkner, and began as a fun event to bring together hockey  fans and car enthusiasts to fund raise for the WDMH Foundation.

Twenty-nine teams, with 110 participants travelled the car rally route designed by Keith and Linda Robinson of Morrisburg. It took them to pit stoops in Metcalfe, Marvelville, Morewood and Winchester. Pit stop challenges included hockey-themed activities.

NHL-ers participating in the event included Matt Carkner of the NY Islanders, Chris Neil of the Ottawa Senators, Terry Carkner, former Philadelphia Flyer, Bryan Helmer, former Washington Capital and Shean Donovan, former Ottawa Senator.

On average, rally teams raised $1,140, which is up over last year’s average.

The team called “Driving Miss Daisies” won the prize $2,500 prize of  a 400 level box at an Ottawa Senators home game, complete with limo service and dinner.

Diane Crummy won the prize for highest individual fund raiser, which gave her a $3,000 trip for two to Long Island to see the Islanders at home. The prize includes airfare, accommodations, meals, a post game tour of the locker room and $500 spending money.

Other winners included: Bob Carkner, who won the second highest individual fundraising prize of a $500 pressure washer from Canadian Tire in Morrisburg; “St. Daniel’s Holy Rollers” for the best rally quiz score; “St. Paul’s Angels” for the closest time; the “M & D Lions” won closest mileage; “Now We Are Three” won the pit stop challenges; Team “A to Z” won the top motorcycle team; and Kary Carkner’s team, the “Island Falconators” won the best poker hand.

Matt thanked everyone for all of their hard work raising funds and participating, “we can’t thank everyone enough for being part of this great day. I’m honoured to lead this fundraising event for the WDMH Foundation, joined by my fellow NHL-ers Bryan, Terry, Shean and Chris. I’m also touched that even though I don’t play for the home team anymore, you have all come out to cheer me on at this event through your participation, so thank you.”

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