Fundraiser sets sights on world car wash record

SAINT JOHN – With a pile of wet suds and some dirty cars, a collision repair shop hopes to set a Guinness World Record and help find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

King CarStar Collision, on Rothesay Avenue, will join 80 other franchise locations in a national car wash Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers hope at least 4,000 cars across the country are in need of a good scrubbing.

That’s how many they need to set a world record.

The funds will be appreciated, said Susan Jack, president of the Saint John chapter of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

“The government dollars aren’t there like they used to be. It’s dwindling, yet we haven’t found a cure for CF.”

Often, when you look at a child with cystic fibrosis you would never realize what impact the fatal disease has on a family, she said.

About 3,500 Canadians have the genetic disease, which affects lungs and the digestive system.

As the life expectancy of someone living with cystic fibrosis has increased, so have the health-care costs, she said.

“So if through fundraising we can find a cure for CF, then a lot of those costs to the health-care system go away.”

Car washes cost $5.

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