Bayshore Village Car Wash leaves lasting glow for Soldiers’ COVID Fund

Organizer considered a donation or doing something bigger

A small community on the northeast shore of Lake Simcoe near Brechin has come through with $3,558.50 in support of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital’s battle against COVID-19.

Back in March, Dr. Rebbeca Van Iersel, Medical Team Leader of Soldiers’ COVID Unit, wrote a letter to the public requesting support for donations to fund COVID-related expenses, such as additional ventilators, personal protection equipment and medical supplies at the hospital.

Bayshore Village resident Gordon Smith decided he had to something.

“I thought I could send a donation or I could do something bigger,” he said. “I approached our community association and we decided to host a charity car wash.”

The car wash was held on July 18. Of the 320 residents, Smith said 110 came through during the day. He credits his long list of helpers for the day’s great success.

“I guess our signs worked and we got the word out! There are a lot of people to thank and I just can’t name them all.”

Bayshore Village resident, Gordon Smith, presents a cheque for $3,558.50 to the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation, the proceeds from his July 18 community car wash. Pictured from left, Mark Riczu, Executive Director, OSMH Foundation, Lisa Wanamaker, Development Officer, OSMH Foundation, Gordon Smith, car wash organizer, and Kaitlyn St. Pierre, Development Officer, OSMH Foundation.

Kaitlyn St. Pierre and Lisa Wanamaker, both development officers with the OSMH Foundation, were on hand to help out with collecting donations and sharing information about Soldiers’ ongoing COVID-19 efforts.

“It was a beautiful day for this kind of event and so great to see this small, but mighty village rallying behind this important cause,” Wanamaker explained. “We don’t have an end in sight for this pandemic just yet, so events like this— that follow all precautions and can still raise thousands of dollars — are so beneficial for the health of our whole community,” added St. Pierre.

To make a donation or host an event in support of Soldiers’ COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Fund, please contact the Foundation Office today at 705-325-6464 or