LCBO stores raise funds for Parent Action on Drugs

TORONTO, March 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Starting April 1, the public can help support Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) by making a donation at any of the more than 635 LCBO stores throughout Ontario. Donation boxes for PAD will be displayed at LCBO checkout counters until April 26.

Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) has been a leader in providing Ontario teens and their families with relevant information about alcohol for more than 30 years.  They work directly with youth to develop programs and resources that are meaningful to them and will make a difference in their lives.  Donations from LCBO customers and employees help PAD to develop and deliver important resources that focus on the information that teens need to know to keep themselves – and their friends – safe and let parents know how they can be prepared to deal with the issue of alcohol and teens.  A Parent Action Pack was recently launched, which includes a user-friendly website (www.parentactionpack.ca) and a brochure providing parents and those who work with youth with reliable and updated information about alcohol and other drugs.

"We appreciate the support we receive from LCBO, its employees and especially its customers," says Diane Buhler, Executive Director of Parent Action on Drugs. "LCBO's province-wide store network helps us raise significant funds and provides us with a unique opportunity to increase public awareness of Parent Action on Drugs' work in alcohol education and making a difference in the lives of youth."

"LCBO is pleased to partner with Parent Action on Drugs and support a variety of worthy causes throughout the year," says LCBO President & CEO Bob Peter. "The generous support from LCBO customers and staff helps these charitable organizations make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and communities across Ontario."

Parent Action on Drugs is one of 28 provincial and numerous local charities that will benefit from LCBO's province-wide donation box program in 2014. In 2012, LCBO raised a total of more than $6.6 million for charities through special programs and initiatives, of which $6.1 million was raised through in-store fundraising. In addition, LCBO's annual dividend transfer to the Ontario government, which totaled $1.7 billion in fiscal 2012-13, excluding taxes, supports a wide range of important government programs, services and priorities, including health care and education.

PAD thanks the public for its support when shopping at their local LCBO store from April 1-26.

SOURCE Parent Action on Drugs (PAD)

For further information: Media Contacts: Diane Buhler, Executive Director, Parent Action on Drugs, Tel: 416 395-4970, E-mail: pad@sympatico.ca; Stephanie Petroff, LCBO Senior Communications Consultant, Tel: 416 864-6792, E-mail: stephanie.petroff@lcbo.com