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Autofile rally driver wins $10,000 for women’s charity

The Mazda Adventure Rally is an annual highlight for automotive media in Canada

Published: March 24, 2017, 6:50 AM
Updated: March 28, 2017, 3:26 AM

2017 Mazda Adventure Rally

A rally team representing Autofile.ca won a $10,000 donation for charity this week, competing in the 2017 Mazda Adventure Rally around Ontario’s Muskoka cottage country.

2017 Mazda Adventure Rally

Autofile contributor Mark Richardson and co-driver Emily Atkins, who represented AutoMédia, earned 75 points in the scavenger hunt and driving challenge for a clear win in the three-day rally, which has become an annual tradition organized and sponsored by Mazda Canada.

The donation will be made to the Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre in Cobourg, which is home territory for both Richardson and Autofile editor Gerry Malloy.

“We are overjoyed by this news,” said Carly Cunningham, manager of community engagement for the women’s shelter. “This gift will have a great impact on our organization and will directly support the hundreds of women and children that we service every year.”

Second place in the rally was won by a team representing Exhausted.ca, which earned a $2,000 donation to its chosen charity, Intercede International. Third place was won by a team representing AutoTRADER, which earned a $1,000 donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.