Air Canada channels $1,072,000 returns from golf tournament to child welfare

Published on : Friday, July 17, 2015

air-canada2This year’s Air Canada Foundation golf tournament netted $1,072,000 in support of organizations focused on health and wellbeing of children in Canada.  Now in its fourth year, the tournament was held Monday, July 13th, at the Saint Raphaël Golf Club, Québec. The event featured 73 teams totaling 292 golfers from across North America. It included a full day of golf followed by dinner and silent and live auctions of items donated by tournament partners and Air Canada Foundation supporters.

Aimia returned as presenting sponsor of this year’s event which was supported by more than 100 Canadian and international corporations and organizations. To view our major supporters.

“The unwavering support of Air Canada’s friends, partners and employees made this year’s Foundation’s signature fundraising event the most successful to date with net proceeds of  over $1 million  raised in support of children in need,” said Priscille LeBlanc, Air Canada’s Vice President, Corporate Communications and Chair of the Air Canada Foundation. “The funds raised will increase the Foundation’s ability to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children across Canada through financial and travel assistance to children’s hospitals, charitable organizations and causes focused on helping children. On behalf of all the people whose lives are touched by the Air Canada Foundation, I thank our loyal sponsors, participants and volunteers for their on-going enthusiasm and generosity.”

As a registered not-for-profit organization, the Air Canada Foundation’s mission is to help connect sick children to the medical care they need, grant children’s wishes and alleviate child poverty. The Foundation also actively participates in humanitarian activity following natural disasters around the world. The following are highlights of the Air Canada Foundation’s activities in 2014:

Cash Donations

Funds are donated to programs or projects submitted by eligible registered charitable organizations that meet the Air Canada Foundation selection criteria.  Some of the recipients of the 2014 fund donations were:

Breakfast Clubs of Canada to support existing school breakfast programs in aboriginal communities and finance the cost of equipment and training for new programs.
14 Canadian pediatric hospitals, members of the Children’s Miracle Network to assist with their most urgent funding needs.
Dreams Take Flight Canada, a charitable organization founded and driven by Air Canada employees and retirees who enable thousands of children with physically, mentally or socially challenged backgrounds from across Canada to experience an all-expense paid day at Disney.
Shriners Hospital Canada, as part of a five-year commitment to the Young Patient Lounge area of Montreal’s new hospital.
Pathways to Education’s The Pathways Air Canada Foundation Scholarship Fund, which is a three-year commitment towards the creation of a scholarship fund called to help youth from low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education and training.
Beyond Borders ECPAT’s program, which helps to free children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

In-Kind Support

In 2014, the Air Canada Foundation managed over $3.5M in in-kind support donated by Air Canada including:

Aircraft for eight Dreams Take Flight trips to Disney.
Support to over 300 charitable organizations with the gift of travel for hundreds of fundraising events.
A partnership with the RCMP Child Recovery Program to ensure the safe return of several missing children.
The Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program which donated over 10 million Aeroplan Miles to pediatric hospitals across Canada enabling children to access medical care not available in their own communities.
A Volunteer Involvement Program for employees which awarded support to 105 charitable organizations in which Air Canada employees volunteer in their own community, including:
Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer – Team Air Canada – Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Vancouver – British Columbia
Banff Food Bank Society – Alberta
Winnipeg Harvest Inc. – Manitoba
Autism Society– Ontario
Fondation du Syndrome D’Angelman – Montréal
Charlotte County Cancer Society Inc. – New Brunswick
Glenn’s Helping Hand Foundation Inc. – Newfoundland

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