Those who have known me a while will know that I just about kept my body shape in control (mainly in Okinawa through sweating generally due to the heat and humidity) or because of walking so much with my car dying. It definitely wasn’t due to exercise though! But after a couple of months of being back in England […]
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Went to a nice little event this past Sunday here in Okinawa at Kadena Marina. The Black Onyx Pacesetters (Okinawa Chapter) in conjunction with The Kandi Girls were running a charity bike and car wash, with proceeds going to a local Okinawan orphanage. It was a very well run event, with food and refreshments for anyone waiting to get their car washed, and all credit to the people stood outside in the baking sun all day. I was just stood in the shade and I was burning up.
The Black Onyx Pacesetters are a motorcycle club originally from Tennessee, but now with various chapters all over the US, and now in Okinawa. Their goal, as listed on their website, is:
…to be positive role models to the youth and aid in the development of the community. We will strive to represent the Black Onyx Pacesetters M/C with respect, honor and to uphold the By-Laws, as well as the laws of the community. We do fully intend to ride, support and enjoy cycling.
It was with this goal in mind that they decided to hold a car wash, with money raised going to charity. You could go along, get your car washed by members of the Black Onyx Pacesetters and some of the very photogenic ladies from The Kandi Girls (a group of electronic/rave music dancers here in Okinawa), and then head over and donate whatever you can. You then get a ticket which can be handed over at another tent for freshly fried fish, potato salad and soft drinks while you wait. Throw some beautiful weather into the mix and it made for a perfect event, and one I hope was very well supported. There were quite a few cars coming and going in the hour I was there, so fingers crossed that continued throughout the rest of the day.
The Pacesetters have said they have plans to try and hold these types of charity events every month, and I’m sure as word gets round a little more then the numbers and amount raised will increase. Only thing I could think of from a car guy’s point of view is maybe holding it a little later in the day. Something from mid afternoon to early evening would get people coming out as the temperature starts to go down a little, and the chance of a great sunset if it’s at Kadena Marina again, and finally a lot of the car folks might go down there and then stay out for a drive afterwards.
But all in all a very good event, and well worth supporting. I’ll try and post up in advance of the next one, and get the word out to a few more people. As long as people keep coming out, these events will keep being put on and money will keep getting raised for those that need it. A couple more pictures from the event are here, if you’re interested.