Blainville, Quebec – In 2019, The Fix Network Canada family of franchise strategic partners, its corporate team members and select supplier and insurance partners raised $143,828 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada—close to twice the amount raised in 2018.
“I am completely overwhelmed by the generosity and efforts of our team in 2019 to almost double the amount raised from the previous year,” said Leal. “Our Fix Auto, Speedy Auto Service and NOVUS Glass franchise families have really stepped up to help RMHC families across the country. Working together as one team, we’ve been able to make a positive impact for the families staying at the RMHC houses.”
Throughout the year, several events were held by Fix Network Canada figures, driving up the fundraising total.
In October Stéphane Cirurso, owner of Fix Auto Vaudreuil and Fix Auto Montreal West, held a casino event that raised over $17,000 in one night.
Long-time franchise owners George and Fatima Salsa and his team raised $40,000 at their 6th annual Matthew Salsa Memorial Golf Tournament.
Fix Auto Windsor & Windsor East raised $9,000 at an annual fundraising banquet.
Large donations were also made by shop owners, including Ricky Ahmed from Fix Auto Brooks, Jeff Leeper from Fix Auto Waterloo and Bijou Abraham from Speedy Auto Service Millwoods and Northwest in Edmonton.
This total does not include amounts raised by Fix Network Canada figures at events such as Footsteps for Families in Ontario, The PJ Walk for Kids in the Maritimes and the Home for Dinner initiative, in which many of the shops and their staff participate in throughout the year.
In Canada, 65 percent of families live outside a city with a children’s hospital, and must travel for treatment if their child is seriously ill. The RMHC network of programs in Canada helps to keep families together. Its 15 Canadian locations provide out-of-town families with a home to stay at while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital, while the 17 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide a comfortable place for families to rest and recharge, right inside hospitals.
While figures for 2019 are not yet available, the RMHC provided assistance to more than 26,000 families from 2,944 communities across Canada. Unfortunately, resources were not available for 7,242 families.
“Our goal is to ensure that families with sick children across Canada can stay close to each other and close to the care they need, so we’re grateful to the Fix Network Canada community for this much-valued and meaningful support,” said Kate Horton, Executive Director, RMHC Canada.
For more information about RMHC, visit rmhccanada.ca.
For more information about the Fix Network, visit fixnetwork.com.