Racquel Funnell, her son Kyle and daughter Cailan are all smiles on Wednesday after receiving a Ford Escort for free in the Carma Car project.
But the kindhearted individual didn't want any public recognition as Racquel Funnell took
possession of the Ford Escort.
"They prefer to stay in the background," Bruce Stranaghan, who along with his wife Penny founded the Carma Car Project, said of the generous donor.
This is the third car given away by the charitable endeavour, and Funnell, a single mom, said having a reliable form of transportation will make a big difference in her life.
"I'm driving a borrowed car right now," she said before taking possession of the donated Ford Escort.
"We are fortunate, but wake up everyday wondering if we will make it to where we need to go, because some days the car just doesn't start," she said.
The opportunity to receive a free vehicle was promoted to the clients of the social services
agencies listed on a register maintained by Kelowna Community Resources.
"KCR works with over 500 non-profit organizations," said Penny Stranaghan. "These organizations work directly with individuals that are actively seeking to
improve their quality of life."
The Stranaghans, owners of Integra Tire and Auto Centre, have enlisted the support of many other businesses for the Carma Car project. These include Lordco Auto Parts, Bubbles Car Wash and Detail Kelowna, and Maxum Autobody.
To make it an extra special day for Funnell, she also received gifts from non-automotive-related businesses.
Those included Choices Market, Heaven on Earth Spa, RauDZ Regional Table, Tie the Knot Hair Design, and Jenny McKinna Make-Up Artist.
The Stranaghans hope to help provide two or three free usedvehicles a year to deserving recipients.
For more information, see thecarmaproject.com.