Performance Auto Group was proud to present a donation of $58,400 to Knights Table during the Brampton food bank’s recent annual general meeting.
Mayor Patrick Brown was on hand to join Knights Table in receiving the cheque, and thanked the employees of Performance Auto Group for “setting a fine example for everyone to follow.”
Annie Bynoe, executive director of Knights Table, said “I’m overwhelmed by the tremendous support from Performance Auto Group. We are very grateful for Performance Auto Group’s generous gift, which will help us impact the lives of individuals and families living in poverty in Brampton.”
Guest speaker Martin Tsvetanov, 16-year-old high school student of The Woodlands Secondary School, Mississauga, addressed an audience of 120 or more adults attending the annual meeting of Brampton’s Knights Table. Tsvetanov demanded a new law to tackle the problem of food waste: “Up to 40 per cent of Peel’s food ends up in landfills. In Mississauga in 2017, about 60,000 tonnes of food waste made up 27 per cent of the city’s garbage, yet 100,000 citizens live in poverty.”
Tsvetanov delivered a passionate speech on the problem of food waste and ways to reduce it, not only to help the environment but also to help feed those in need. She pointed out “I want to help the problem of food waste as much as I can because I feel so lucky that I can go to bed with food in my stomach, but I know that many people, unfortunately, do not and all I want to do is try to help as many people as possible.”
Performance Auto Group’s Blue Tag Sale in December contributed $100 from every vehicle sold to food banks throughout the GTA and Niagara. A total of $105,000 was donated by the group’s 28 dealerships to eight organizations across the region.
The general managers of Brampton’s nine Performance Auto Group dealerships were enthusiastic about supporting the important work that Knights Table Food Bank performs in Brampton, ensuring that vulnerable community members are offered the dignity of a meal when in need.
Nial Boatswain, general manager of performance at Honda Mayfield, was on hand to present the cheque, along with Drew Delaware, director of marketing for Performance Auto Group. Honda Mayfield had previously donated a Honda Odyssey to Knights Table, during a surprise presentation on the main stage at Chinguacousy Park’s Canada Day celebrations.
Drew Delaware shared that “giving generously is one of Performance Auto Group’s most important core values, and our employees and management are very excited about this contribution. The team is determined to be good corporate citizens and extend strong support to our community, under the banner of ‘Drive Change.’”
From left, Nial Boatswain, General Manager, Performance Honda Mayfield, Drew Delaware, Director of Marketing, Performance Auto Group, Annie Bynoe, Executive Director, Knights Table, Robert Tremblay, President, Knights Table and Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown. – Subash Sharma photo