Lambton Ford vehicle raffle generates $70K for Noelle’s Gift

The winners were drawn in the Lambton Ford vehicle raffle in support of Noelle's Gift - Dec 11/20 (Blackburnnews.com photo by Josh Boyce)

The winners of Lambton Ford’s vehicle draw, in support of Noelle’s Gift, were drawn on Friday on what would have been Noelle Paquette’s 35th birthday.

There were 1,100 raffle tickets sold, generating $70,000 for the local children’s charity.

Lyle Burnard of Brigden won the grand prize of a choice between a new Ford Edge or Ford Ranger 4×4. Adam Chevis took home the secondary prize of $5,000.

Noelle’s sister Nicole Paquette said Noelle had a special connection to the $5,000 winner.

“He was someone that Noelle dated in University, and I honestly feel like they would be married with kids right now if she were still here. And, the first place winner told us that his Ford, and it’s nice that he’s actually a Ford owner, but he told us that his car is in the shop being fixed. It’s perfect. It’s Noelle up there shining her love, right?”

Nicole said this year has been a challenging one for Noelle’s Gift.

“This year alone, due to the pandemic, we’ve had to donate an extra $50,000 to the school boards,” she said. “There’s a lot more that are laid off or unemployed and the need for Noelle’s Gift is just even more than ever right now.”

Lambton Ford President Rob Ravensberg said they’re happy to help out.

“We’ve been involved over the years with sponsoring their golf tournament and other functions that they do to fundraise,” said Ravensberg.  “Obviously, this year it’s been a real challenge for charities to get out and do their normal events. Today has been awesome, it’s pretty cool to be able to give away a vehicle and $5,000 to bring back some money into the community to support a lot of children.”

Noelle’s Gift was established in memory of Noelle Paquette, a former kindergarten teacher with St. Clair Catholic District School Board, who was killed in January of 2013. The charity has raised $1.6 million since its inception.

Funds raised support youth programs across Lambton-Kent, and with supplies like food, shoes, clothes, medication wheelchairs and eyeglasses.

You can also visit www.noellesgift.ca to donate and learn more.