Direct Energy Proud to Continue its Contributions to Local Grande Prairie Organizations

 

GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – September 24, 2019Direct Energy and Direct Energy Regulated Services were proud to participate in the Annual Terry Fox Run in Grande Prairie for the second consecutive year this past weekend. The Alberta team worked closely with the Rotary Club of Swan Hills and brought hot coffee, treats and a face painter to the event and presented a $1,000 donation, on behalf of its employees, to the Terry Fox Foundation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie were also invited to the Run, acknowledging the importance of its program for families who have lost loved ones. Direct Energy and Direct Energy Regulated Services were honoured to make a second donation of $1,500 at the event, for a total of $4,500 contributed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie since December 2018.

Direct Energy and Direct Energy Regulated Services are committed to directing energy to what matters — supporting families in Alberta. These donations will directly support cancer research in Canada through the Terry Fox Foundation, and support families in the Grande Prairie community affected by cancer through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“Direct Energy and Direct Energy Regulated Services are a proud member of Grande Prairie community," said Gary Newcombe, Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs Canada, Direct Energy. “We will continue to support important community events, like the Annual Terry Fox Run and are honoured to offer support to organizations whose aim is to improve the lives of Alberta families.”

“We are grateful for the donation from Direct Energy & Direct Energy Regulated Services said Corinne Patterson, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie. “It is incredibly meaningful to our organization to be able to provide opportunities and support for these families and we are proud to have been a part of such an important event in our community. The donation will help us to provide crucial, preventive youth mentoring programs to youth in need in our area.

“Direct Energy & Direct Energy Regulated Services were an excellent addition to the Annual Terry Fox Run and we were so pleased to have them for a second year,” said Judy Tremblay, organizer of the Annual Terry Fox Run in Grande Prairie. “The donation was gratefully accepted and makes such a difference in our fundraising efforts in the community.”

The Terry Fox Foundation is a Canadian not-for-profit that aims to maintain the vision and principles of Terry Fox and raise money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Run. The Terry Fox Foundation continues to be a leading national investor in cancer research and has directed over 20 million to its cancer research programs in 2017/18. The annual runs, now in their fourth decade, take place across Canada to honour Terry Fox as the face of hope for cancer research and continue to motivate communities to raise much needed funds.

Big Brother Big Sisters of Grande Prairie and Area offers mentorship programs to children and youth through individual and group programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ In-School program provides life-changing mentorship experiences to mentees by pairing them with positive role models on the school ground. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters has impacted over 40,000 youth across Canada, ensuring young people are both happy and healthy. With a current waitlist of "littles" looking for their "bigs", the need for mentorship in the community and the impact it has on youth is apparent.

For more information on Direct Energy and Direct Energy Regulated Services, please visit www.directenergy.ca and www.directenergyregulatedservices.com. For more information on The Terry Fox Foundation and the funds they are raising for cancer research, please visit https://www.terryfox.org/. For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie and the valuable work they are doing in the community, please visit https://grandeprairie.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/.

 

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