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Dave Burba and Diane Fontaine stand by a classic truck at the first Cruisin' The Dub classic car meet of the year, Thursday evening in downtown Brandon. The car enthusiasts are looking forward to the "Blessing of the Wheels" at St. George's Anglican Church on May 25.
If you’re hoping to have an angel on your shoulder as you cruise down the open road this summer, St. George’s Anglican Church will give your wheels a special blessing.
Car enthusiasts are invited to the church on May 25, to take part in a church service followed by a "Blessing of the Wheels."
Dave Burba, president of the Road Rebels Car Club, said he hopes the event, which is the first of its kind in Brandon, will give people peace of mind as another season of car shows gets underway.
"The idea is to just have all the car guys come down there, bring their cars down, and after the service ... (Father Chad McCharles) would come out and do a blessing of the car … just to make sure that we drive safely, the cars will not break down, everyone is safe and happy and all that kind of stuff," Burba said.
Road Rebels Car Club began in 2003, and regularly hosts events to fundraise for various community groups, including Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre. The club has about 30 members.
In addition to car enthusiasts, the group is inviting people to bring their motorcycles, bikes — basically anything with wheels to be blessed.
"My girls are going to bring their Barbie Jeep," said Cathrine McGill, secretary of the church. "Everyone is welcome."
Diane Fontaine is a member of both St. George’s and the Road Rebels, and said the event is a perfect way to tie in both groups.
She hopes the event will be an opportunity to showcase what the church has to offer.
"The church is a really welcoming and open community ... we like to reach out to the community and we like to have fun," she said, adding this may be an opportunity for people to come in to the church who haven’t been there before.
The service begins at 10 a.m. on May 25 at 1011 Fifth St., with the Blessing of the Wheels at 11:30, followed by a free hotdog lunch.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 16, 2014