If there’s one thing the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t changed, it’s the compassion and giving spirit of our people. For two weeks in October, our team ran a grassroots campaign – called Charity Weeks – to raise money for local organizations through different virtual events, ranging from a pet costume contest and pumpkin carving competition to an online cooking night and 50/50 raffle. Together, they raised $28,901 for charities in both Grande Prairie and Calgary.
With our vendor donations of $15,000 and 7G's match of $43,901, we are giving back a total of $87,803 to eight different organizations. In Grande Prairie, these charities include the Odyssey House, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, the Friendship Centre and Salvation Army Community Kitchen, and the Suicide Prevention Resource Centre. In Calgary, these charities include the Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre, Wellspring Calgary, Calgary Drop-In Centre, and Calgary Women’s Shelter.
“Throughout this challenging time, we understand that it’s more important than ever to give back to the communities where we work and live,” says Marty Proctor, President & Chief Executive Officer. “I am so proud of our people for stepping up and finding innovative ways to still give back in this virtual world. And 7G is adding to the generous donations of our people and vendors by matching their contributions dollar-for-dollar. We will continue to find ways to support our communities and come out of this pandemic stronger together.”
"Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our people have shown tremendous energy, commitment and compassion for our neighbours and communities," says Cindy Park, Director, Community Engagement. "This overwhelming and enduring sense of community spirit is a source of great personal pride, and is testament to the true strength of our company – our people. Big thanks to everyone, including our vendors, who helped make this year’s campaign a huge success!"
We’re thrilled to give back to each of these organizations that are making a positive difference in our communities and supporting all of us through the COVID-19 pandemic.