It'll be a fuel good kind of a day

By Taylor Weaver

September 13, 2017 3:45 PM

Lloydminster & District Co-op CEO Don Stephenson, and Leanne Hawes, vice president of operations, are two Co-op team members who hope to see people pack the pumps on Tuesday for Fuel Good Day. TAYLOR WEAVER LLS PHOTO

Next week every litre is going to matter at the pumps.
Monday, Lloydminster & District Co-op was pleased to announce the launch of Fuel Good Day on Sept. 19 in the Border City, as five cents from every litre of gas sold at their three locations will be donated the Lloydminster Public School Division (LPSD) and Lloydminster Catholic School Division (LCSD) breakfast programs.
“One of the pillars we’ve built Lloyd Co-op on is concern for community,” says Lloyd Co-op CEO Don Stephenson.
“Through Fuel Good Day, we’re investing real dollars into the lives of hundreds of students through their school breakfast programs, while offering the full service we’re known for. It’s a great scenario all around.”
A program being implemented at all gas bars across Western Canada, the Fuel Good Day program was developed by Federated Co-operatives Limited, and Stephenson noted the Lloydminster & District Co-op quickly jumped on the idea, as they saw it was a great way to give back to the community.
“There is no goal in mind, but when we look at our numbers we’d like to raise $5-6,000, and we think that’s a reasonable target for the day of the fundraiser,” he said.
“We’ve looked at some of the historical numbers, and on a Tuesday those numbers can very, but overall we think that’s a reasonable target.”
Lloyd Co-op operates three gas bars in town, 18 Street Crossing, located on Highway 17 south, Ironwells, located on Highway 16 east, and Hampton Square, located on Highway 16 west, and as an organization, they’re looking forwarding to giving backto local youth.
“Studies show that children who are hungry have a hard time focusing in the classroom. As such, when students start their day off with a nutritious meal, they start their day off right. In order to help our students keep their focus on learning, we offer breakfast programs at all of our schools,” said Todd Robinson, LPSD director of education.
“We are grateful to the Lloydminster and District Co-op for partnering with us through the Fuel Good Day in helping us to continue putting students’ needs first.
“Not only does this support our priority around wellness, but strengthens the importance of community partnerships, and we couldn’t be more thankful.”
Fuel Good Day runs from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sept. 19, and will include free coffee until 10 a.m.
“Right now with children going back to school, it’s ever-apparent there is still a need for these breakfast programs,” said Leanne Hawes, Co-op vice president of operations.
“Looking at some of the charitable entities we could donate to, it was one of the ones we felt would potentially have the largest impact in our community, with the potential to benefit hundreds of children in our community.”
There will also be a charity BBQ from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at each location, with burgers and a drink for $5.
For more information about Fuel Good Day, visit www.lloydminstercoop.com.

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