Our hearts and prayers are with all families impacted by the Fort McMurray wildfires.
As a proud Alberta business, we've been overwhelmed by the devastation and the immediate need for support for the Fort McMurray evacuees. And so, Jack Carter is proud to donate $10,900, and we're challenging other Calgary businesses to give too.
We've all seen terrifying videos of vehicles racing down highways surrounded by walls of fire. Homes destroyed. And more than 80,000 Fort McMurray residents forced to evacuate. The massive wildfire in Alberta has triggered the largest-fire related evacuation in the province's history.
John Bowerman in an email to everyone at Jack Carter explained how he wanted to use the Carter Cares program to donate to the Red Cross's Alberta Fire Appeal. John said, "In speaking to others here, they agree. I personally donated to the Red Cross Relief Fund on Monday, and will probably do it again. There are a number of businesses in Calgary donating to this crisis, and it would be good for Jack Carter and all of us to get involved in some way."
"I too have been moved by the events in Fort McMurray," Jay McKeen, owner of Jack Carter, told staff. "I really think we should do something on an even bigger scale as a dealership and on behalf of all 109 of us."
After approaching the Motor Dealer Association, Jack Carter has added our $10,900 to the fund that they have set-up. Donations will be given to the Red Cross through the fund in order to qualify for Provincial & Federal matching dollars. While other types of donations are appreciated, the overwhelming information that we've been given is that cash is what is needed now and it's needed quickly to help.
To participate, we're asking other businesses to donate within 24 hours of being challenged. It can be through the Motor Dealer Association of Alberta or directly to The Red Cross on their website www.redcross.ca or by phoning 1-800-418-1111.
"At Jack Carter, we deeply care about the community around us," says Jay. "We can never help too much when it comes to those less fortunate."
On Saturday, June 25 to Sunday, June 26, Jay, Richard and Jared from the dealership along with Mark DeBoon took to their bikes to ride in The Johnson MS Bike Tour.
Beginning in Airdrie, our team cycled over 160 km to Olds and back during the two-day event. The weather on day one definitely made the ride more challenging for our riders as they faced a 25 km/h headwind which at times gusted to 60 km/h. They rode through rain, then driving rain, and even hail to complete the first day. Under normal conditions, our riders could have completed it in 2 hours 45 minutes, but given the conditions it took them 3.5 hours. As Jared said, "we were all glad that we pushed through and never gave in to the conditions." On day two, our team had an easier time returning the 88 km from Olds to finish in Airdrie.
MS Bike is the largest cycling series in North America to raise money to end Canada's disease. Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world, with an estimated 100,000 Canadians living with the disease. MS Bike has more than 10,000 cyclists in one- or two-day events from June to September through scenic and often spectacular parts of the country.
We're proud of our fundraising efforts and glad to give $2,240 for the cure to help end MS.