(staygoldcustomcarshow.com photo) The Strong Car Club is hosting the Stay Gold Custom Car Show on June 18.

Car club creates show in Langley to raise awareness of mental health

When a Strong Car Club member had a mental health crisis, the rest of the club found their cause.

The members of the Stay Gold Car Club came together 25 years back over a love of automobiles.

They had fun customizing their cars and attending different events together.

But time moves on and people go through life’s ups and down. One of the members struggled with mental illness. The other members decided they could use their common bond create a fundraising event for mental health.

“The club members soon realized mental health is a difficult thing to seek help for and even more difficult to talk about ,” Paul Frost, one of the club’s original members, explained.

They are using what they know best – cool cars – to help others. The inaugural Stay Gold Custom Car Show to Benefit Mental Health is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the George Preston Recreation Centre.

One hundred per cent of the funds raised will go to the Langley Community Services Society which will be on site to provide mental health information to the public.

“I think people will be pleasantly surprised when they see the amount of raffle items and the custom one-off Skull Skates branded show shirts for sale – which will be collectors items for enthusiasts – should be a big hit,” Frost said of the show.

By a lucky coincidence, the show is on Father’s Day so it’s a perfect outing for families and helps a good cause.

“It was one of the last available days before kids are out of school and families go on summer vacations,” Frost said.

It’s the club’s first car show.

“We used to organize a yearly ‘cruise’ to White Rock beach years ago but life responsibilities, family, career put a lot of things on the back burner for most of us until recently,” he explained.

But they pulled together the show in just over four months.

“The response to this show has been overwhelming the people and companies wanting to be involved as been unprecedented and incredible in such a short amount of time. The buzz around the show and the cause just emphasizes how many people can relate to or have been affected by mental illness.”

Admission is free so there are no barriers to attendance, but donations are gratefully accepted.

As well, the show will generate revenue from vehicle registrations, donations, draws, food sales, and “thousands of dollars in items donated by various companies,” he said.

Expect to see a diverse mix of vehicles which are eligible for prizes.

“We are open to any type of customized vehicle,” Frost explained. “We have tried to cover the most prevalent categories for the first year and have a few extra trophies if someone’s vehicle doesn’t fit into a category. We will expand categories next year as well.”

What?

Yes, the club is committing to this cause.

“The plan is for this to be an annual event for sure, 100 per cent,” he noted.