Starting February 1, the public can help support Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) by making a donation at any of the more than 600 LCBO stores throughout Ontario. Donation boxes for PAD will be displayed at LCBO checkout counters until February 28.
PAD has been a leader in providing Ontario teens with relevant information about alcohol for over 25 years. PAD works directly with youth to develop programs and resources that are meaningful to them and will make a difference in their lives. Donations from LCBO customers and employees will help PAD develop materials that focus on information teens need to know about alcohol and let parents know how they can be prepared to deal with the issue of alcohol and teens. For more information about PAD programs, go to http://www.parentactionondrugs.org.
“We appreciate the support we receive from LCBO, its employees and especially its customers. LCBO’s province-wide store network provides us with a unique opportunity to raise public awareness about our work in alcohol education and funds to carry out our work and make a difference with youth,” says Diane Buhler, Executive Director of Parent Action on Drugs.
“LCBO is pleased to partner with Parent Action on Drugs to help improve the lives of youth and families across Ontario,” says LCBO President and CEO Bob Peter. “We appreciate the unwavering generosity of LCBO’s customers and staff who support these worthy causes and, in turn, assist their fellow Ontarians.”
In 2010, LCBO partnered with PAD to develop an educational resource for high school students called “Test Your Alcohol IQ” and, to date, 50,000 copies have been distributed to schools, police, health departments and youth agencies.
Parent Action on Drugs is one of 25 provincial, as well as numerous local charities that will benefit from LCBO’s province-wide donation box program in 2011. In 2010, LCBO raised a total of $4.2 million for charities through special programs and initiatives, of which $3.8 million was raised through in-store fundraising. In addition, LCBO’s annual dividend transfer to the Ontario government, which totaled $1.41 billion in fiscal 2009-10, excluding taxes, supports a wide range of important government programs, services and priorities, including health care and education.
Parent Action on Drugs thanks the public for its support when shopping at their local LCBO store during the month of February.