Pays it forward

By Geoff Lee

February 11, 2016 8:46 AM

Lloydminster learned Dr. Kevin Govender is much too civilized and generous to be a cave man.
The good doctor is giving a man cave package he won in a test drive contest at Boundary Ford to the Lloydminster Health Region Foundation.
The foundation was a top of mind choice for Govender to pay forward his prize package of two leather theatre chairs, a 58-inch TV and a beer fridge with a value of about $3,500.
“The health foundation is something that made sense to me,” he said.
“It’s important to pay it forward ­— if more of us could do something like that it would be great. “
“I have been fortunate in my life and I think It’s important for us to give back.”
His first reaction understandably was to thump his chest excitedly upon leaning he won the grand prize.
“I was quite excited of course,” he said.
“I never win anything but I don’t really need it.”
“I was quite excited, but I thought ‘where I am going to put this TV and these couches’ and I had some ideas,” he said.
His next thought was somebody else could use the prize package and needed it more than him and that was the health foundation.
Govender was at the dealership Friday to pass on the prize to health foundation CEO Wendy Plandowski who was excited to accept it.
“We are never surprised of the generosity of someone like Dr. Govender and how he gives back to the community but this is very exciting,” she said.
Her initial idea is for the foundation to pay it forward as great auction items in their fall gala.
“My guess is we will sit down with Dr. Govender and decide,” she said.
“Something like this might work out really well to even get a little more value out of it.”
Govender noted he was also thinking the package would be available as one of the auction items.
Govender’s name was one of about 1,000 entered in the test drives draw made on Feb. 1 after a three-month promotion.
“He was happy to win and pass the generosity off to the health foundation,” said sales consultant Ricky Paul who got to inform Govender of his win.
“He wanted to come down and chat with us and see what our reaction was to it.
“I was absolutely astonished by what he did in terms of turning it over to the health foundation – what a gentleman.”
“More people should be thinking community minded like that.”
Paul also revealed Govender bought a new Ford Focus for his 18-year nephew Tristan after buying a F-150 truck for his family after taking a test drive.
“It worked just perfect, absolutely perfect,” said Paul.
Govender is still driving his old dodge pickup around town until he takes delivery of the F-150, but he says the purchase was wife’s idea.
“I was due for a change in my truck,” he said.
“I was just sitting and looking at vehicles and my wife said ‘hey have you thought about changing your truck?’
“I took advantage of the fact that she opened the door….so I decided yes I will consider getting a Ford.”
Then he said he contacted Paul and the deal was done.
As for buying that new Focus for his nephew Govender said,
“He is 18 years old and starting to drive — he needed a vehicle so we got him a Ford Focus.”

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