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Kudos: Richmond-based auto group fundraises nearly $47,000 for local food banks

Employees across many dealerships participated in a month-long walkathon in December.
OpenRoad Auto Group donation
From left to right: Aly Jiwani, vice-president of regional operations with OpenRoad Auto Group; Cynthia Boulter, chief operating officer with Greater Vancouver Food Bank; Christian Chia, CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group; Mark Lin, president and chief operating officer with OpenRoad Auto Group; Brad Beckett, vice-president of regional operations with OpenRoad Auto Group; Sharon Rupal, vice-president of regional operations withOpenRoad Auto Group; Jon Chang, manager human resources with OpenRoad Auto Group and Will Fong, vice-president of marketing and corporate projects with OpenRoad Auto Group.

Richmond’s OpenRoad Auto Group raised a total of $46,800 to benefit local food banks in British Columbia and Ontario last month.

The auto group’s B.C. teams raised $41,800 for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, while two Brampton stores raised $5,000 for the GTA Food Banks in Ontario.

Richmond head office employees and staff from dealerships in both provinces participated in the walkathon from Dec. 2 to 24.

OpenRoad donated $5 for every kilometer walked based on staff donations and company matching funds.

Christian Chia, CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group, said they are “pleased” that their staff and corporate employees have stepped up to help feed families in need.

“We are so proud of our entire team for hitting the pavement to raise funds for their local food banks,” said Chia.

“It’s been a challenging year for local food banks due to increased demand resulting from the pandemic.”


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