Whenever the London Knight’s have a home game, the team at Finch Auto Group makes a financial contribution for the option to dress casually at the office. Over the past few years, we have collected $18,564.00 by dressing down and supporting our London Knights.
Late last year we reached out to our teams at each dealership and asked where they would like to see the money donated. Based on that feedback, we choose 7 local not-for-profit charities to support. Everyone was happy to support The Ronald McDonald House, the Veteran’s Tree of Hope at Parkwood Hospital, MINDS at St Joseph’s Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, London Down Syndrome Association’s Axes for Emma, Children’s Health Foundation, and Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness.
On November 14th the Ronald McDonald House warmly welcomed some of our Mercedes-Benz London team for a tour. At the Ronald McDonald House in London, when a child is seriously ill, their parents and caregivers often find themselves travelling very far from home for medical care. The Ronald McDonald House provides welcoming home environments that give families support as they stay close to their loved ones. What an amazing facility this is, it is truly a home away from home for families who are already dealing with so much stress. We were so happy to be able to support the RMH.
On November 22th some members of Mercedes-Benz London and Finch Auto Group Team were welcomed into Parkwood Hospital and given a tour of the Veteran’s Wing and more information about the programs they run. It was very heartwarming to learn about the different activities that are enjoyed by the residents. Did you know they have cooking classes, woodworking, classes, music programs and even bowling?! The money donated by our casual day efforts supported the Veteran’s Tree of Hope. This initiative supported Veterans Tree of Caring to help with the purchase of new accessible furniture like motorized lift chairs and room furnishings, ceiling lifts, a new smartboard, and pressure reducing mattresses to help ensure that the Veterans always feel comfortable and safe. After all they've for us, we were happy to support the Veteran’s Tree of Hope.
Also on November 22th, Mike Beernink,(Managing Partner at Finch Chrysler) and Andrew DeBoer (VP E-Commerce) visited St. Joseph's Mental Health Care Building, where Dr. Arlene MacDougall and her team shared information on MINDS. MINDS of London-Middlesex uses social innovation, collective impact, and youth participation research to develop and evaluate high-potential interventions that tackle the growing problem of mental ill-health and addictions in youth (16 to 25) in our community. We know that dealing with the effects of mental health is difficult so we were pleased to be able to support this amazing team.
On December 6th, a few members of Finch Chevrolet had a chance to visit the Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario headquarters. There they were told many beautiful stories of wishes that had been granted. In 2019, the Southwestern Ontario chapter of Make-A-Wish granted 105 heartfelt wishes to children around Ontario. Knowing the amazing work Make-A-Wish does to help children suffering from debilitating illnesses, we were so happy to be able to support them.
On December 10th a few members of the Finch Chrysler team were able to help out Axes 4 Emma, an amazing axe throwing fundraiser held at Batlgrounds that supports the London Down Syndrome Association on World Down Syndrome Day. We were so happy to support our colleague Matt and his family that organize Axes 4 Emma.
On December 13th Shannon Williams, Philanthropy Officer from Children’s Health Foundation stopped by Finch Hyundai to accept our donation and share information about the foundation. Children’s Health Foundation, run out of Victoria Hospital raises money for cutting-edge research to help find answers and treatment for the unwell children in our community. Knowing that thousands of families and children have benefitted from the Children’s Health Foundation, we were more than happy to be able to support them.
Also on December 13th, Silvia Langer, Development Director for the Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness joined us at Finch Hyundai for a cheque presentation. The Unity project started when a group of youth activists and homeless individuals formed a tent city in a downtown park to raise public awareness of a desperate situation in London. This created a shelter service with a peer-supported community model. With the support of hundreds from every walk of life and a generous grant from the City of London, the Unity Project was able to purchase and open its facility in the heart of Old East Village in London Ontario. UP is doing amazing work in London and we were pleased to be able to help this wonderful organization.