Take a test drive: Help out local Rotary raise funds for special playground

HARLINGEN — Everyone needs a little “vroom-vroom” in their lives.

Come on out Saturday, April 16, to the Drive 4 UR Community at the Treasure Hills Presbyterian Church parking lots and you can do just that.

You’ll also be donating to a worthy cause.

Harlingen Sunburst Rotary Club and Boggus Ford Harlingen have partnered to raise money for a wheelchair-accessible playground, said rotary board member Bill Elliott.

“Every time someone drives one of the cars, Ford Motor Company will donate $20. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $6,000, so 300 drivers are needed,” he said.

Proceeds go toward the writing of a grant that will hopefully bring wheelchair-accessible playground equipment to a local park.

Last year, the rotary club raised about $2,000 for a pavilion at La Posada Providencia in San Benito.

Construction on the 20-by-30-foot screened-in structure started in February.

Elliott said the Rotary Club will coordinate with the city on where the park equipment should go.

We just want to make the parks more accessible to more handicapped people, he said.

About 10 to 15 cars will be available for people to test drive. The vehicles to be driven will be new model Fords, including Mustangs and trucks.

“They’ll have the opportunity to test-drive a new car,” said Elliott.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature an old and exotic car show.

There also will be live music, hotdogs, popcorn and drinks. Everything has been donated and access to the event is free and open to everyone.

Drivers must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance.