Stand against impaired driving at upcoming charity car smash

A toonie is all you’ll need to participate in smashing a car at Brock.

The Student Life and Community Experience department has organized the Smash-a-car event in hopes of discouraging impaired driving with St. Patrick’s day around the corner, a holiday that is known for its drinking festivities.

“This is the first year that this event is happening on campus as an awareness campaign about the dangers of impaired driving,” said Victoria Parlatore, the Student Life and Community Experience coordinator organizing the event.

Two dollars will give students two hits to the vehicle, with more money meaning more hits.

Students who donate the minimum of two dollars will receive a baseball bat to hit the car, which  will be an old used car being generously donated by Jamie Lundy of JJL Mobile Auto Parts.

“Lundy also continues to do his part in creating a safe driving environment in Niagara through donating vehicles to the Stevensville Fire Department to support training,” said Parlatore.

“The smashing of the car is meant to symbolize a pledge to not drink and drive and show student support for the community chapters of MADD.”

The money from the event will be donated towards Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, an organization that promotes awareness and raises funds for the movement against drunk driving.

“I feel as though there are so many classic campaigns that aim to educate students about impaired driving that people begin to tune it out,” said Parlatore. “This education is too important to be ignored, so I created this event as a way to reach students through a fun activity.

In addition to campaigning against drunk driving, MADD Canada offers their services to over 20,000 victims and survivors across the country. The charity car smash event hopes to lower the number of future victims and survivors by taking a swing against drunk driving.

“Following the event Thursday, the car will be displayed on the Schmon Tower Field all day Friday (St. Patrick’s Day) to remind students to practice safe drinking practices,” said Parlatore


If you are interested in taking a swing against impaired driving, the Charity Car Smash will take place on March 29 on the field in front of Schmon Tower.

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