Toronto, Ontario — The AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation Chairman’s Challenge is on track to beat out the total raised last year, as organizers announced Tuesday that the annual charity drive has already brought in $21,000.
In 2021, the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) generated a total of $30,000 to support child and youth charities across Canada, and this year the association is looking to surpass that peak by the time the campaign has run its course.
The loosening of COVID-19 lockdown measures and the subsequent re-opening of venues like golf courses has surely helped AIA get back on track in their support of various organizations, including Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta, The Children’s Breakfast Club and Toronto’s Redwood Shelter.
“Golf tournaments and special events have been our long-standing major fundraising stream,” said Raymond Proulx, chairman of the High Fives for Kids Foundation.
“However, due to the success of the Chairman’s Challenge last year, we are excited to announce that we have launched the 2022 Chairman’s Challenge and invite you all to participate.”
According to AIA, the campaign has received donations from Standard Motor Products, APD Automotive Parts Distributors, Modern Sales Co-op, National Sales Inc., Magnacharge Battery Corporation, Dave Desmarais, Terry O’Brien, Brad Shaddick, Robert O’Brien and Charlie Grant, among many others.
The association says it is also looking into identifying Canadian charities that support children affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine.