Husky shows Heart

By Geoff Lee

February 21, 2017 12:00 AM

GENEROUS Representatives from 10 local charities shared $125,000 raised during the 2016 Husky Has Heart campaign. Cheques were presented by event chair Doug Johnston, far right, at Husky Place on Friday with two Husky committee reps on the left. Funds were raised by employees with a corporate top up. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

It was happy hour once again for local non profit agencies that get a share of $125,000 raised in the latest Husky Has Heart campaign.
Cheques were presented to 10 charities at Husky Place on Friday to officially wrap up the 2016 campaign. 
This year’s total was likely the most money ever raised by employee donations capped with a corporate top up.
Doug Johnston, chair of the 2016 campaign, called that impressive given money is tight in the current economic climate.
“The employees really dig deep and from the employees donation perspective this year, I think it was our highest total ever,” he said noting the 2017 campaign is now underway.
Employee funds are raised by payroll deductions and cash donations.
The campaign committee chose to support the Lloydminster & District United Way, Lloydminster & District SPCA, Lloydminster Regional Health Foundation and the Lloydminster Handivan Society.
The funds will also support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster, Salvation Army, KidSport, Canadian Diabetes, Canadian Cancer Society and Telemiracle.
Husky chose not to include a breakdown of the funds in their news release this year, but the amounts were revealed in the cheque presentations.
“We wanted to stay away from inter agencies asking about who gets what,” said Johnston.
“Generally, the committee decides and sits down and the money is split pretty evenly.”
He said if the charities want to release what they got out of the amount, then it’s up to them.
Faith Rowland, representing Diabetes Canada said most of their $8,299 share will go into sending children with diabetes to D-Camps.
“The camp runs in both Saskatchewan and Alberta, so it’s an ideal opportunity for Husky to be part of that,” said Rowland.
“We are so happy to partner with Husky and then in turn, we can offer education and support to the company for their staff and offer them information on diabetes.”
She said diabetes is such a significant health concern.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster received $10,163 that Jacquie Weed director of service delivery said will be money well spent.
“As always, we use the funds that we receive to facilitate the programs that we offer in our agency,” said Weed.
“It’s a tremendous help for us to have Husky as a regular contributing partner to what we do in our community.”

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