Hundreds of people took advantage of the chance to greet Mayor Rob Ford and buy a $30 autographed bobblehead created in the civic leader's image.
The mayor sat on the driveway of his mom’s Etobicoke home on Monday, signing bobbleheads as people wearing Ford Nation shirts — some armed with lawn chairs they’d sat in since early morning — excitedly posed for pictures with his brother Doug Ford.
With around 1,000 Ford dolls sold, proceeds are going to the new Humber River Regional Hospital. The Fords are also going to contribute $50,000 on top of the money raised through the bobblehead effort.
But the sale of the third edition Ford bobbleheads was not half as crowded as past efforts which took place inside City Hall. One person left with a box of 24 dolls.
“During the election, the city didn’t want to hold it on city property,” Ford added. “That would’ve been ideal to have it at City Hall, but we were unable to do that and couldn’t put it in any parks.”
Bowmanville residents Wendy Cox and David Pearcey said they waited in line since 7 a.m.
“We love Rob Ford,” Cox said. “We really really do. He’s done a lot for the city and when he gets voted back in again, he will do more.”
With a sheepish chuckle, Pearcey admitted they can’t even vote for the civic leader since they’re not Toronto residents.
“He’s done lots for the city and he deserves to be mayor,” he said. “They should give him back his power.”
Councillor Ford — who also doubles as the mayor’s campaign manager — appreciated the fact that Ford Nation had supporters from across the province, despite the fact that they can’t vote.
“We’ve always said everyone from (the) 905, 705, 613 (areas) has a relative or friend in (the) 416,” he said.
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