TARGA NEWFOUNDLAND KIA FORTE KOUP SX TO BE AUCTIONED FOR CHARITY

  • All proceeds from sale of Kia Canada's 2010 Targa Newfoundland Kia Forte Koup SX will be donated to The Children's Wish Foundation
  • "Team Wishful Thinking" Koup is being auctioned on eBay

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 18 /CNW/ - The 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX that was driven in the 2010 Targa Newfoundland Rally by Team Wishful Thinking is now being auctioned for charity. The Koup, finished in 'rally red', was donated by Kia Canada Inc. and modified by Sherwood Kia in Edmonton, Alberta to make it 'rally ready' for its specific class. The vehicle has since been on display at numerous Canadian auto shows over the last few months. The Kia Forte Koup is being auctioned on eBay, after it completed its final appearance at the Edmonton Motor Show last week, with all proceeds being donated to The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada. Kia Canada Inc. is honoured to team up with The Children's Wish Foundation to support their cause and mark the official debut of the Canadian edition of motorsports for Kia.

The 2010 Forte Koup was entered into the Modern Division of Targa Newfoundland and was driven by Adam Hill, who originally hails from Perth Australia and now calls Vancouver home, and Mark Kostick, of Edmonton Alberta. Both competitors were thrilled to compete under the banner of "Team Wishful Thinking" as part of a partnership that has raised over $100,000 thus far for the Children's Wish Foundation. Kia dealers across Canada also joined the fundraising effort by committing a portion of the proceeds of each vehicle they sold between August 16 and September 18, 2010.

More auction details and photos can be found at: www.kia.ca/targa.

About Team Wishful Thinking
Over the course of 7 days and 2,200kms, Team Wishful Thinking (Mark Kostick of Sherwood Kia and Adam Hill of Possibility Holdings) competed in the Targa Newfoundland rally race. Targa Newfoundland is a multi-stage, rally race throughout the scenic Province of Newfoundland.

About the Children's Wish Foundation
The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada works with the community to provide children living with life threatening illnesses the opportunity to realize their most heartfelt wish. Established in 1983, The Children's Wish Foundation has granted more than 15,000 wishes in the execution of their mantra "never say no to the wish of a child."

Team Wishful Thinking's fundraising goal of $100,000 for this amazing foundation will make a measurable difference to the lives of many wishful children.

Kia Canada Inc. (www.kia.ca) -- a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart -- is a subsidiary of Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) in Korea was founded in 1999 and sells and services high quality class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte and Sorento through a network of 171 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 141 people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four regional offices across Canada. Kia Motors Corporation continues to showcase the company's global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.

SOURCE KIA Canada Inc.

For further information:

Kia Canada Inc. Media Contacts:
Jack Sulymka
National Marketing Manager
(O): 905.755.6266
(C): 905.301.6207
e-mail: jsulymka@kia.ca

Cathy Laroche
PR and Marketing Coordinator
(C): 819.350.3463
e-mail: claroche@kia.ca


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