MELBOURNE, Australia — This month Ford Australia held the 12th annual Hot Rods and Hot Dogs (HR&HD) fundraiser supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, raising funds for the important cause of finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
HR&HD, which attracts hundreds of Ford employees, was again managed by the Purchasing Team with the support of key suppliers who have joined us by providing sponsorship for this unique event.
Employees and Car Clubs displayed over 50 classic and muscle cars and the weather held off long enough for the team to cook the perfect BBQ and hold the much anticipated HR&HD auction. HR&HD held in conjunction with the last Supplier Forum for 2013, a strategic plan to encourage more auction bidders, raised over AUD 10,000.
V8 Race drivers Will Davison from Pepsi Max Racing, Dave Reynolds from Bottle O Racing and retired racing legend Jim Richards, came along to sign autographs and present awards. This year also welcomed Brian Cook, CEO of Geelong Football Club, a long-term Ford partner.
The HR&HD award winners were:
Brian Cook Choice – Nick Bilyg
FPR Drivers Award – Leigh Andrew
Most Unique Car – Emmanuel Xuereb
This year Ford raised a total of AUD 25,000 for JDRF through the various fundraising events, exceeding the target of AUD 18,000, which could not have been achieved without Ford employee’s commitment to the cause.
The Ford Design Team, under the guidance of Craig Metros, needs special mention for the exceptional art pieces provided for the 2013 JDRF Art Auction. The Design Team’s artworks caused a bidding war right up till the last minute. Employees from across both Broadmeadows and Geelong sites and also from the APA region successfully bid on over 30 pieces raising an outstanding AUD 6,000.
The success of this year’s JDRF fundraising speaks volumes about the generosity of the employees, the partners and the sponsors as we work together and go further to support the community.