A record $58,116 was raised for the Children’s Wish Foundation by 160 convenience stores throughout Atlantic Canada during the fifth annual Convenience Store Day. The event, which was held on August 31, is organized by the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association and recognizes both convenience store customers and the contribution that convenience store retailers make to the communities they serve.
Association president Mike Hammoud says that local elected officials and other community leaders are the ones who drive the fundraising: “These folks volunteer to spend some time in their local convenience store meeting and serving customers. When volunteer’s participate, donations are also collected for the Children’s Wish Foundation.”
Volunteers are community leaders and come from diverse backgrounds. This year those taking “shifts” included local law enforcement, Chamber of Commerce leaders and Premier Brian Gallant from New Brunswick and Premier Wade MacLauchlan from Prince Edward Island, among others.
“My Mother’s family, the Scholtens, have owned and operated many convenience stores around the province,” Gallant said. “My parents worked for years for my uncle at one of the Scholten convenience stores. I know the hard work that convenience store employees put into serving their communities. It was a pleasure to spend some time supporting both our retailers and the Children’s Wish Foundation.”
Since the Convenience Store Day event was launched, almost $150,000 has been raised for Atlantic Chapters of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Cheryl Matthews, executive director of the foundation’s Nova Scotia chapter, says that the funds have gone a long way in helping to bring a little happiness to children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness: “The funds raised to date through Convenience Store Day have made about 15 wishes possible. We deeply appreciate the effort that retailers, their staff, volunteers and the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association go to on our behalf.”