Co-op Fuel Good Day raises awareness and funds

Co-op Fuel Good Day raises awareness and funds

February 22, 2024

For the third year in a row, several Co-ops in Saskatchewan, recognized how important it is for kids to participate in cultural activities by raising funds for Creative Kids through their annual Co-op Fuel Good Day. This year on September 19, the Co-ops in North Battleford, Norquay and Saskatoon raised close to $18,000 for Creative Kids, as well as raising awareness of the charity.

According to Andrea Lauder, communications manager, Saskatoon Co-operative Association Limited, Creative Kids aligned well with the Co-op’s funding priorities, “We look to support our community, by finding the organizations that give back to community – connecting those in need with the resources that help them. In this way, Creative Kids was a natural fit for our support.”

Helping communities has always been a part of what the Co-op is about. Operating as a co-operative, it is a jointly owned and democratically controlled business that meets the common economic, social and cultural needs of its members. All members are owners and the Co-op gives a percentage of their profits back to members. Co-op grocery stores and gas stations operate across Western Canada.

Recognizing the importance of giving back to their communities, Fuel Good Day started in 2017. During Fuel Good Day, Co-op donates
a minimum of five cents per litre of fuel purchased at participating gas bars to local charities and non-profits. Across Western
Canada over $4.2 million has been raised since the event began.

Gloria Walsh, manager, Creative Kids says, “Creative Kids is very grateful for all the people who purchased gas on Fuel Good Day. Because of Co-op’s ef forts, over $27,000 has been raised in the past two years, which means many more kids in Saskatchewan can participate because the financial barriers were removed to their participation in an art or cultural activity. We thank these local Co-ops for helping us give the lifechanging, positive growth and development opportunities that activities such as dance, music, theatre and art give to kids.”

Lauder says they are very grateful and humbled that they were able to help so many youth access funding. “We are glad we contributed to creative programming for kids as it gives kids such a healthy way to explore their imagination and discover new skills. This helps build confidence and supports the continued growth and development of well-rounded kids.”

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