|Representatives of Ontario Tire Stewardship, Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association, the Sunshine Foundation, and Rock City Auto Supplies were on hand yesterday for the official donation to the Sunshine Foundation. The Sudbury Tire Take Back event collected 8,879 tires this year alone.|
Sudbury, Ontario -- August 7, 2014 -- Local residents came out in force for this yearâ€™s Tire Take Back Days event. Between May 26 and May 31, 2014, Sudbury residents dropped off 8,879 tires at Rock City Auto Supplies as part of the annual Tire Take Back event organized by Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) and the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA).
These tires generated a donation of $23,581 for The Sunshine Foundation of Canada, enabling children with life threatening illnesses and severe disabilities to embark on adventures of a lifetime. Over the past three years, Sudbury has generated a donation of $64,527 based on 24,665 tires â€“ that is a lot of tires. To put that in perspective, if the tires were stacked one on top of the other, they would surpass the equivalent of 13.3 Sudbury Superstacks.
â€œWe are proud to be able to support the Sunshine Foundation, and very grateful to the community, our staff and our tire hauler for all the great work they do. We couldnâ€™t do it without them,â€ says Ron Cayer from Rock City Auto Supplies .
Sarah Lashbrook, President of the Sunshine Foundationâ€™s Greater Sudbury Chapter is in awe of Sudburyâ€™s support of these events.
â€œThe funds this program raised during Tire Take Back will allow us to fulfill many, many individual dreams including ones for kids from right here in Sudbury,â€ she says. â€œThe impact of the work they do in one week during Tire Take Back, lasts for years. Every tire they collected, every donation they make impacts a childâ€™s life. So, we wanted to thank them again. Thank you to them for contributing so much every year, for having such an impact on our community, and for impacting the lives of hundreds of children and families.â€
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled that Ontarians continue to show such enthusiasm around the Tire Take Back program,â€ says Andrew Horsman, Executive Director, Ontario Tire Stewardship. â€œAs tire recycling awareness grows, Ontarians have become very engaged in terms of driving sustainability in the province. Everyone plays a role in keeping tires out of landfills, and recycling tires means they can be turned into new high quality recycled tire products for gardens, playgrounds, and patios.â€
â€œRock City has consistently generated big numbers during the Tire Take Back event and raised a lot of money for The Sunshine Foundation of Canada,â€ says Steve Fletcher, Executive Director of OARA. â€œThatâ€™s why we are up here today celebrating their outstanding results. Tire Take Back helps a child fulfill lifelong dreams, encourages Ontarians to recycle their tires, and enables a community to create a greener space. These are the reasons so many our members are eager to participate year over year.â€
An official plaque presentation ceremony from The Sunshine Foundation of Canada to Rock City Auto Supplies took place yesterday in Sudbury.