By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
The Downtown Oshawa Show and Shine is looking to brighten the city’s core in more ways than one.
Along with bringing their freshly waxed retro cars to the parking lot behind city hall every week during the summer, the group is now looking to use the proceeds from a weekly 50/50 draw to give back to the community.
The draw is a staple of the weekly Show and Shine between May and September, and throughout the summer garnered nearly $2,000. It’s with this money that organizers are looking to turn into a dinner for Oshawa’s less fortunate at St. Vincent’s Kitchen.
“We try and do what we can to make the downtown better and get more feet on the street,” says Garth Johns, executive director of the Downtown Oshawa BIA. “We’re doing this for the sake of the community and people are benefiting.”
The dinner, set to take place on Jan. 30, will see BIA board members and other volunteers behind the counter serving the food. St. Vincent’s Kitchen is located at 51 King Street East in downtown Oshawa.
For Johns, it’s these types of initiatives that are essential in the city’s downtown and will not only brighten up the city centre, but improve the city’s image and draw more people to the downtown streets.
“This is one way we can give back to the community,” he says.