Husky Energy raised over $120,000 as part of their Husky has Heart campaign, the proceeds of which were divided up and donated to 11 different local charities. They also contributed an additional amount of their own, bringing the total up to $190,150.
“We set a personal goal that was just slightly under this. We set a goal of $188,000, so we just beat the goal by $2,000,” said Al MacLauchlan, co-chair of the Husky Lloydminster Employees Charitable Campaign.
“We had upped our goal from previous years and in the process of doing that we thought that we’ll do a little more of a stretch target for raising funds. We came through, so it was a really good on all the employees behalf that we came through and raised this money for these very worthy causes.”
Some of their fundraisers included raffles, chili cook-offs and silent auctions that they do throughout the year. Many of the charities they work with come at the recommendation of Husky Energy employees and have been recipients of Husky has Heart for the last 10 or 15 years.
“These are the ones that employees want to see on the list and they support, as you very well can see, so it’s great,” said MacLauchlan.
This year’s organizations were LABIS, Telemiracle, KidSport, Salvation Army, Canadian Diabetes, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Canadian Cancer Society, Lloydminster Handivan Society, Lloydminster and District SPCA, Lloydminster Region Health Foundation and Lloydminster and District United Way.
The fundraiser, formally known as the Husky Lloydminster Employees Charitable Campaign, has gone through a bit of a rebranding process, taking on the new name Husky has Heart.
“It has been the Husky Lloydminster Employees Charitable Campaign and what they’ve done in Calgary is come up with this Husky has Heart,” MacLauchlan explained. “This kind of a new branding theme. So we’ve sort of planted the seed with everybody that we’re going to kind of rebrand it for Lloydminster and we’ll have the Husky has Heart.”
The Diabetes Association’s Faith Rowland, manager of mission funding for Saskatchewan and Manitoba, expressed her gratitude for the donation.
“We’re just really thankful to Husky Energy for all the support that they give us through the years,” she said. “They’ve been very generous and it helps us to provide programs and services for people living in the community.”
Jakki Tyson, funding and communications co-ordinator for the Lloydminster and District SPCA, also had a few words of appreciation.
“It’s great, it’s really nice to see the employees supporting us and we’re really thankful for all the support we get. This money will going toward our new building so we’re really excited about it.”