For the third year running, Donate-a-Ride came within a few hundred dollars of a record total.
The campaign that just wrapped raised $241,672 which is the second highest amount ever. The record was just $1,013 more two years ago and last year’s was in the same ball park.
This year another record was set.
“The Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund has graciously contributed $7,500 to our cause,” campaign chair Coun. Dave Loken announced. “That sets a record for the highest single corporate donation in the history of Donate-a-Ride.”
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Seventy-six agencies are getting more than 97,000 Edmonton Transit Service tickets because of it.
“It goes a very long way,” said Cindy Furlong with the Today Family Violence Help Centre. “We work with clients that may have barriers to transportation and we’re able to provide them with bus tickets to get to our resources that they need to access to keep themselves and their families safe.”
Furlong said it also helps clients who may need to get around quietly because they’re in an abusive relationship.
“There’s some serious safety concerns when you’re working with victims of family violence. We have to be very careful that we’re ensuring their safety at all times.”
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Also receiving help is the Old Strathcona Youth Society. Spokeswoman Karen Drynan told the ceremony help is given to young people who need assistance.
“If a youth has to meet with a parole officer and has no way to pay, she may risk a transit fine to get there. With the bus tickets we receive from Donate-a-Ride we can mitigate that risk and allow the youth to feel like they’re moving forward.”
Donate-a-Ride has been around for 21 years, and in that time it has raised nearly 1.4 million transit tickets valued at more than $2.8 million.