Scotiabank and the Powell River Midget Kings hockey team had a busy weekend with their Garbagethon fundraiser. While hockey team members scoured the town collecting tonnes of illegally dumped garbage, Scotiabank employees held up their end, selling hotdogs and coffee outside Scotiabank, and staffing a booth at the PR Therapeutic Riding’s Open House in Paradise Valley.
“This is our annual fundraiser for the Midget Kings hockey team,” said Connie, financial advisor at Scotiabank. “From November 12 through to today, Scotiabank invited residents to come into the branch office and support the team by making a pledge. We had a large map of the city on display and pledgers were asked to mark areas where they felt there was a high volume of garbage that needed to be cleaned up. On Saturday, November 28th, we targeted those areas.”
As an added incentive, for every $5 pledged, the recipient received one entry into a draw for two tickets to the Vancouver Canucks, complemented by a parking pass at GM Place, all courtesy of Scotiabank.
In 2013, the team collected 1.78 tonnes of illegally dumped garbage and last year they managed to collect 3.52 tonnes. “Everyone pitches in to help,” Connie said. “We worked closely with the Let’s Talk Trash team, the PR Regional District waived tipping fees for us, the City of Powell River donated garbage bags, visi-vests, pickers and gloves, Bruce Long from Augusta donated bins, and the hockey team’s friends and family members gave up their Saturday to drive around Powell River collecting garbage. It was a huge team effort.”
As well, Scotiabank employees donned Santa hats and helped out at PR Therapeutic Riding’s annual Open House. “All proceeds from the pledges and the hotdog and coffee sales will go towards offsetting some of the expenses incurred by the hockey team,” Connie said. “It’s our way of giving back to our community.”