MONTREAL, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - This year's Air Canada Foundation
golf tournament raised a record of over $1,000,000 in support of
organizations focused on health and wellbeing of children in Canada.
Now in its third year, the tournament was held Monday, August 11th, at the Saint Raphaël Golf Club, Québec. The event featured 73 teams
totaling 292 golfers from across North America. It included a full day
of golf followed by dinner and silent and live auctions of items
donated by tournament partners.
Aimia was the presenting sponsor of this year's event which was
supported by more than 115 Canadian and international corporations and
organizations. To view a complete list of supporters, please visit: http://www.aircanada.com/en/about/community/foundation
"With the unwavering support of Air Canada's friends, partners and
employees, the Foundation's signature fundraising event has exceeded
its million dollar target in just three years," said Priscille LeBlanc,
Air Canada's Vice President, Corporate Communications and Chair of the
Air Canada Foundation. "The funds raised will increase the Foundation's
ability to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children
across Canada through financial and travel assistance to children's
hospitals, charitable organizations and causes focused on helping
children in need. On behalf of all the people whose lives are touched
by the Air Canada Foundation, I extend a heartfelt thank you to our
loyal sponsors, participants and volunteers for their on-going
enthusiasm and generosity."
As a registered not-for-profit organization, the Air Canada Foundation's
mission is to help connect sick children to the medical care they need,
grant children's wishes and alleviate child poverty. The Foundation
also actively participates in humanitarian activity following natural
disasters around the world. The following are highlights of the Air
Canada Foundation's activities in 2013:
Funds are donated to programs or projects submitted by eligible
registered charitable organizations which meet the Air Canada
Foundation selection criteria. Information is available at aircanada.com/foundation. Some of the recipients of the 2013 fund donations were:
Breakfast Clubs of Canada to support five existing school breakfast programs in aboriginal
communities and finance the cost of equipment and training for four new
programs in four different provinces and territories:
Annapolis Valley First Nation, Cambridge, Nova Scotia
Aronhiatekha/Rotowennakehte School, Kanehsatake, Quebec
Duke of Malborough School, Churchill Manitoba
Omiishosh Memorial School, Pauingassi, Manitoba
Mildred Hall School, Yellowknife, NorthWest Territories
14 Canadian pediatric hospitals, members of the Children's Miracle Network to assist with their most urgent funding needs.
Dreams Take Flight Canada, a charitable organization founded and driven by Air Canada employees
and retirees who enable thousands of children with physically, mentally
or socially challenged backgrounds from across Canada to experience an
all-expense paid day at Disney.
Shriners Hospital Canada, as part of a five-year commitment to the Young Patient Lounge area of
Montreal's new hospital.
Canadian Red Cross's emergency aid for the Philippines.
Pathways to Education's "The Pathways Air Canada Foundation Scholarship Fund," which is a
three-year commitment towards the creation of a scholarship fund called
to help youth from low-income communities graduate from high school and
successfully transition into post-secondary education and training.
Beyond Borders ECPAT's program to free children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
In 2013, the Air Canada Foundation managed over $3.5M in in-kind support
donated by Air Canada including:
Aircraft for eight Dreams Take Flight trips to Disney.
Support to over 300 charitable organizations with the gift of travel for
hundreds of fundraising events.
A partnership with the RCMP Child Recovery Program to ensure the safe return of several missing children.
The Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program which donated over 10 million Aeroplan Miles to pediatric hospitals
across Canada enabling children to access medical care not available in
their own communities.
A Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) for employees which awarded
support to 106 charitable organizations in which Air Canada employees
volunteer in their own community, including:
A Loving Spoonful Meals Society - British Columbia
Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary - Alberta
Winnipeg Harvest Inc. - Manitoba
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada (ALS) - Ontario
Fondation du Centre des Femmes de Montréal - Montréal
Fondation du Syndrome d'Angelman - Québec
Charlotte County Cancer Society Inc. - New Brunswick
Society for Women Healing From Addictions and Abuse - Nova Scotia
Glenn's Helping Hand Foundation Inc. - Newfoundland
Following natural disasters the Air Canada Foundation provides
humanitarian aid to those communities across the globe that need it
The Air Canada Foundation donated $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in
support of relief efforts in the Philippines following typhoon Haiyan.
The Foundation also provided complimentary travel to the Canadian
Medical Assistance Team to determine the extent of the devastation, the
infrastructure repair requirements, and the health needs of the typhoon
victims before setting up their inflatable field hospital and deploying
their volunteer medical staff.
Air Canada Cargo transported 30 pallets of essential medicine, enough
for 240 000 treatments, from Toronto and Montreal to Frankfurt, in an
effort to provide emergency medical relief to victims in the
About the Air Canada Foundation
In celebration of its 75 years of community involvement, Air Canada
launched in 2012 the Air Canada Foundation, a not-for-profit
organization focused on the health and well-being of children in need.
The Air Canada Foundation offers both financial and in-kind support,
through travel assistance, to Canadian registered charities. Core
programs include the Hospital Transportation Program, which donates
Aeroplan Miles to pediatric hospitals across Canada enabling children
to access medical care unavailable locally; the Volunteer Involvement
Program (VIP) recognizes the involvement of employees in their local
community by providing airline tickets to the registered charities in
support of their fundraising initiatives. The Foundation in
collaboration with the airline also engages directly in fundraising
activities such as the Every Bit Counts program which encourages
customers to donate loose change of all denominations onboard flights
or through airport collection containers. The Foundation also offers
continued support to major health-related causes that benefit Canadians
and is an active participant in international humanitarian relief
activity as the need arises. For more information about The Air Canada
Foundation, please visit www.aircanada.com/foundation or the 2012 Corporate Sustainability Report, Citizens of the World,
online at http://www.aircanada.com/csr.
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline
serving more than 180 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag
carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2013
served more than 35 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled
passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 49 destinations in
the United States and 73 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia,
Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada is a
founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air
transportation network serving 1,316 airports in 192 countries. Air
Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to
receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm
Skytrax that ranked Air Canada in a worldwide survey of more than 18
million airline passengers as Best Airline in North America in 2014 for
the fifth consecutive year. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com.
SOURCE: Air Canada
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