CARSTAR Collision Centres to set Guinness World Record for the largest car wash this Saturday



    HAMILTON, ON, June 17 /CNW/ - More than 140 CARSTAR Collision Centres in
Canada and U.S. will participate in the Soaps it Up National Car Wash day this
Saturday, June 20, 2009 to raise funds for charity and earn a place in the
record books. Volunteers will wash more than 4,000 cars in eight hours at
multiple venues in order to set the Guinness World Record for the world's
largest car wash.
    This year marks the sixth anniversary for the CARSTAR Soaps it Up
fundraising events in Canada and is the first year that the U.S. locations are
also participating. In Canada, funds raised will support the Canadian Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF) and local charities across the country.
    "Over the past five years the CARSTAR Soaps it Up campaign has grown and
become an important fundraising event for our customers, employees and
partners," said Sam Mercanti, President and CEO of CARSTAR Automotive Canada.
"We're thrilled to have the U.S. locations participating this year and to join
forces with them in this attempt to set a Guinness World Record."
    Cystic fibrosis is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting young
Canadians. A devastating disease, cystic fibrosis attacks primarily the lungs
and the digestive system and requires a daily regime of intensive physical
therapy and medications. There are approximately 3,500 people across Canada
who live with cystic fibrosis.
    CARSTAR Automotive Canada has been a proud supporter of the Canadian
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since learning that a granddaughter of a franchisee
was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. In the last nine years, more than $1.6
million has been raised by CARSTAR Collision Repair Centres to help find a
cure.
    "We hope that as many Canadians as possible will bring their car to a
CARSTAR location to be washed on June 20 to help us raise as much money as
possible to help fight cystic fibrosis and to be a part of this record-setting
event," said Mercanti. "Our volunteers have their sponges, buckets and hoses
ready to go!"
    Tickets for CARSTAR Soaps it Up are $5 and are available at participating
CARSTAR locations across the country or at www.carstar.ca.

    
    Soaping it Up across Canada

    With many CARSTAR locations working together to host car washes, a total
of 66 Canadian Soaps it Up events will take place on June 20, 2009 as part of
the world record attempt.

    -   Atlantic Canada: Six car washes will take place in the Atlantic
        provinces in the following cities: Dartmouth, New Minas, Sydney, St.
        John's, Summerside and Saint John.
    -   Quebec: Five CARSTAR locations will host Soaps it Up events in
        Brossard, Drummondville, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Shawinigan and
        Jonquière.
    -   Ontario: A total of 44 car wash events spread across the province,
        including: the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton-Niagara region,
        Brockville, London, Chatham, Orangeville, Guelph, Sarnia, Thunder Bay
        and Sudbury among many others.
    -   Western Canada: CARSTAR Soaps it Up events will take place at 11
        locations in the following cities: Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Richmond,
        Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Red Deer.
    

    Sponsors for CARSTAR Soaps it Up include: 3M Canada; Quiznos; Nolitours;
King Rose Travel; The dac Group and AIR MILES(R).

    About CARSTAR Automotive Canada

    CARSTAR is the largest and fastest growing automotive repair franchise
network with over 400 locations in North America. Founded in Hamilton, Ontario
in 1995, CARSTAR Automotive Canada Inc. has grown from eight to over 130
locations throughout 10 provinces. Within Canada, CARSTAR repairs
approximately 100,000 vehicles per year with the highest rates of customer
satisfaction. Through a variety of fundraising initiatives, CARSTAR, its
franchisees, partners and employees have raised over $1.6 million for the
Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information, please visit
CARSTAR at www.carstar.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Michele Enhaynes or Matt Juniper, PraxisPR,
(905) 949-8255 ext. 229 or 225, michele@praxispr.ca or matt@praxispr.ca;
Sharon Welch, CARSTAR Automotive Canada, 1-800-701-9452 ext. 290,
swelch@carstar.ca

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