Free drive-in movie at the Abbotsford News

The News and the Rotary Club of Abbotsford have teamed up for a fundraiser to fight polio.

Abbotsford residents have the opportunity to enjoy a free drive-in movie experience while helping a great cause.

The Rotary Club of Abbotsford and the Abbotsford News are presenting a special Drive-In Movie experience on Aug. 24. All proceeds from this event will go to Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign.

“It only takes 60 cents to save a child’s life by administering a polio vaccination. Six dollars will save the lives of 10 children,” said Andrew Franklin, president of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford.

While polio has been eradicated in North America and many other countries, places like Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan are still battling the disease.

Rotary’s goal is to end polio – forever. The campaign supports immunization in developing countries where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

This movie night is  a fundraiser to help Rotary achieve a polio-free world.

“You will save lives that night,” said Franklin.

The drive-in takes place on site at the Abbotsford News, 34375 Gladys Ave.

A giant screen will be set up in front of the building and cars can park in the grassy area and enjoy the show.

“If you want to find out what is playing, you’ll have to go to our Facebook site,” said Franklin.

The fundraising evening is being presented by The News, the Rotary Club of Abbotsford, MSA Ford, Murray GM, Boston Pizza, the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre and Dignity Memorial.

Reservations must be made  as space is limited.

General admission is free with donations being accepted upon entry, or you can enjoy a limited number of premium parking spots for a $50 donation per vehicle (maximum of five occupants), including free popcorn.

To book tickets, email drivein@abbynews.com.

If you really want to support the cause to End Polio Now, then take part in an online auction for a Boston Pizza VIP Experience.

The highest bidder will receive the best parking spot available for the movie, a Boston Pizza dinner from the take-out menu which will be delivered to the car, and popcorn. Again a maximum of five people are permitted in the vehicle.

The auction is on now and runs until Aug. 14 at 5 p.m.

Visit facebook.com/myabbynews to bid.

“We are hoping for a full crowd to come out, enjoy a fun evening of entertainment and help raise money for a great cause. This is just one way the Abbotsford News is celebrating its 90th anniversary in this outstanding community,” said Franklin.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m., cars parked at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m.

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