Melfort (September 18, 2020) — Co-operatives are a different kind of business and that is evidenced in initiatives like Fuel Good Day, an annual event celebrated at more than 400 Co-op Gas Bars throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwestern Ontario, in which local co-ops support a community organization or initiative by donating a portion of fuel sales.
“I realized the full impact of the significance of what we are doing during the call I received Monday night from Louise Schweitzer, the Executive Director of North East Outreach and Support Services (NEOSS)”, says Terri Larsen, Marketing and Communications Manager for Prairie North Co-op. Larsen goes on to say, “Louise called to ask if she could display a photo and to say a few words about a young man who had recently lost his life because of domestic violence . . . a young man who had ties to the area. As Louise relayed the details of what had happened, I was moved to tears and when our conversation was over, I was overcome with a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunity to work for an organization that is making such a difference locally”.
On September 15th, the communities of Archerwill, Kelvington, Melfort, Naicam, Spalding and St. Brieux fuelled up in support of NEOSS. In addition to the over 50,000 litres of fuel sold, 700 hamburger lunches and over 100 Co-operative Coffee and Big Cool drinks were purchased that day.
Says Louise Schweitzer, as she reflects on the donations, the day and what it means for NEOSS, “We, as an organization, have seen the pandemic create fundraising challenges which has left our programming and services in a vulnerable state. To have Prairie North Co-op, provide us with this type of assistance means the world, and it is heartwarming to know that our community wants to help change the face of interpersonal violence in North East Saskatchewan along with us. Working in partnership with our community is the only way that we will be able to make long term, and life altering changes for the individuals who are affected. NEOSS provides the tools to individuals who are ready to make changes, but seeing that an organization such as Prairie North Co-op is supporting us in our initiatives makes these individuals feel safer in the company of the staff and venues of that organization. They say it takes a community to raise a child, I say it takes a community to change the world for a child, one person at a time. We are making a difference one life at a time, and every life that is changed affects generations to come. So thank you to Prairie North Co-op, and thank you to all the companies and individuals who bought gas, diesel, coffee, Big Cool drinks and hamburger lunches. You are all part of changing lives in North East Saskatchewan.”
Last year, Co-op locations across Western Canada donated over $685,000 from Fuel Good Day, with nearly $1.9 million donated to more than 400 local charities and non-profit organizations since 2017.
The total result from across Western Canada for 2020 will be released in early October and will be available on www.fuel.crs, along with the complete list of supported organizations.
“As a locally owned and operated business, we’re proud to give back and get behind local initiatives that are working to address the needs of our community. Last year alone, we gave over $112,000 in cash sponsorship and donations throughout the year,” says Larsen. She continues, “a special thank you to our members and customers for the support they’ve shown during Fuel Good Day. Because of them we reached our goal of raising $10,000. In these unprecedented times, it’s amazing to see what we can accomplish when we all work together.”
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Marketing and Communications Manager
Prairie North Co-op