ANNUAL LITERACY FUND RAISER KICKS-OFF WITH
CHILDREN'S ART & LITERACY CONTEST
MONCTON, NB, June 5 /CNW/ - Organizers of the PGI Golf Tournament for
Literacy NB 2008 have their sights aimed high this year as they attempt to
become the first PGI in Canada to get to the million-dollar mark in just seven
"Seven figures in seven years is our goal and that means we have to raise
approximately $180,000 this year" said Michelle Carinci, Co-Chair of PGI NB
2008. "Most of our organizing committee has been together since 2002 when the
tournament found its new home in Moncton, and our success is owed to the
understanding of the issue by our local corporate and community supporters."
The PGI NB tournament has consistently grown in annual revenue earned for
adult literacy programs in New Brunswick establishing national records for the
past three straight years raising $162,000 last year.
"This year's events kick-off with the 2008 RBC Children's Art and
Literacy Contest where kids from kindergarten to grade eight are invited to
write a poem, create a story, or draw a picture depicting why "We Love New
Brunswick!" added Co-Chair Robin Drummond.
Entry forms are available online at the Literacy Coalition of New
Brunswick (www.nb.literacy.ca) or at any Royal Bank branch. The contest closes
July 4. Three prizes will be awarded in three age categories and the winners
will receive their prizes at the Family Festival for Literacy Wednesday,
August 20, at the Moncton Market.
Later that evening, "Eveningside - In The Tradition of Peter Gzowski"
will take to the Capitol Theatre stage featuring dance, comedy, story-telling
and music from a variety of entertainers including Jonathan Torrens (aka J-Roc
of Trailer Park Boys) and Shelagh Rogers who are already confirmed.
On Thursday, August 21, 180 golfers will meet at Royal Oaks Estates and
Golf Club to tee it up for literacy and participate in what has become one of
the premier golf events in Atlantic Canada.
All proceeds from PGI NB 2008 remain in New Brunswick and go to the
Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick for distribution to literacy programs
across the province.
New Brunswick Literacy Facts
- 60% of adults in NB aged 16 and over lack the literacy skills to
adequately function day-to-day.
- Only 12% of New Bruinswick's population aged 16 and over are capable of
functioning at the highest level of literacy.
- 48,000 New Brunswickers aged 16-25 do not have the literacy skills
needed to function in today's global economy.
- 70% of new jobs in Canada will require a post-secondary education
- Almost 20% of New Brunswick's working age adults (16-65) have not
completed high school.
Increased literacy means communities that are safer, less reliant on
social programs and more economically productive - and that, impacts all
PGI FAST FACTS
PGI New Brunswick Six-year Stats
Year Amount Raised
2002 $ 77,000
2003 $ 135,000
2004 $ 145,000
2005 $ 150,000
2006 $ 155,000
2007 $ 162,000
Total $ 824,000
PGI 2007 National Revenues
Tournament Amount Raised
New Brunswick $ 162,000
Calgary $ 119,000
Vancouver $ 94,000
Nova Scotia $ 89,000
Briars (ON) $ 83,000
Ottawa $ 48,000
NL $ 47,000
Victoria $ 39,500
PEI $ 37,000
Saskatoon $ 28,000
Nunavut $ 26,000
Winnipeg $ 25,000
Yukon $ 23,500
Quebec $ 18,000
Total $ 839,000
PGI National Historic Stats
Total PGIs held in 1986 1 (The Briars, ON)
Total PGIs held through 2007 263
Total number of participants in 1st PGI around 60
Total number of participants through 2007 40,600
Total amount raised for literacy in 1986 $18,000
Total net funds raised for literacy through 2007 more than $10 million
For further information:
For further information: Jan Carinci, (506) 961-2783