Abbotsford Safeway Helps Launch Easter Seals, Special Olympics Campaign

By April 5, 2013Community News

On Saturday, April 6, the Abbotsford Safeway store will play host to a fun opportunity to spotlight Canada Safeway’s annual fundraising and awareness-building campaign in support of Easter Seals and Special Olympics, helping people living with physical and intellectual disabilities in your community.

Throughout the month of April, Easter Seals and Special Olympics are proud to partner with Store Manager Russell Janus and his team at the Abbotsford Safeway.

Abbotsford’s own Easter Seals ambassador Kyle Bennington and Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford athlete Jamie Robinson will be helping to launch the local campaign at the Abbotsford Safeway on Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m.

This is a very exciting campaign for us. Last year more than $1.6 million was raised across western Canada and northern Ontario during the April campaign, including the great support in Abbotsford.

This year, during the month of April, Safeway customers are invited to donate $2 to the campaign and in return they will receive 5 AIR MILES Reward Miles. One hundred per cent of all funds raised go directly to support our programs and help local families.

Easter Seals and Special Olympics Team Up with Canada Safeway to Raise Funds for Canadians with Disabilities

NationalLaunchSafewayCampaignEaster Seals Canada and Special Olympics Canada have launched a fundraising and awareness building campaign in support of Canadians with physical and intellectual disabilities.

The two charities will partner with Canada Safeway stores throughout April with the hope of educating thousands of Canadians and encouraging financial support for their programs.

Last year, over $1.6 million was raised during the campaign which sent hundreds of kids with disabilities to Easter Seals camps and provided support for local programs offered through Special Olympics.
2013 Easter Seals Ambassador Jacob McGregor, 19, has Spastic Quadriplegia and many fond memories of attending Easter Seals Camp. “Camp Horizon gave me an enjoyable break, offered me the opportunity to make many new friends and a feeling of freedom provided by the accessible giant swing,” said Jacob.

Special Olympics Athletes Dean and Debbie Pelletier are both long-term Safeway employees and like working for a company that supports people with disabilities. “We have both attended lots of Special Olympics events and competitions and we know that our company supports what we are doing both in our stores and on the field,” said Dean and Debbie. Last year over 35,000 Special Olympics athletes participated in a variety of sports programming throughout the country.

SafewayEasterSealsSpecialOlympics_UmbrellaChallengeVancouver_2“Helping our neighbours living with a diverse range of abilities has long been a Safeway priority,” said Canada Safeway President and Chief Operating Officer Chuck Mulvenna. “As a company that proudly employs hundreds of people living with disabilities, Canada Safeway directly benefits from the incredible work of these two important organizations.”

Each year Safeway stores dedicate the month of April to raising funds and bringing awareness in support of people with disabilities. From March 29 through April 30, Canada Safeway customers will be invited to make a donation of $2.00 at any Safeway store and in return receive 5 AIR MILES Reward Miles. 100% of the funds raised during the campaign will support Easter Seals Canada and Special Olympics Canada. To date, Safeway stores across North America have raised more the $119 million in support of organizations that assist people with developmental and physical disabilities.

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