SOUTHEAST SASKATCHEWAN - Over the past several years, the Southern Plains Co-op has hosted a Fuel Good day in support of local organizations.
According to Decia Knockaert, manager at the co-op's Carlyle gas bar, the application is quite simple. Organizations fill out the form and state what they would use the funds for; after applications have been received, one is selected to receive the donation.
For one day only, on Sept. 19, for every litre of gas pumped, 10 cents went to the chosen organization, along with proceeds from coffee purchases.
Chaelynn Boutin from Carlyle is a committee member of the Carlyle Cubs Learning Centre. They applied for this donation and were the lucky recipients.
Boutin, who was busy helping Monet David, a six-year employee, pump gas as the flow of traffic continued.
Boutin also handed out cards that the children had made earlier that week to thank customers for tanking up with fuel during the day.
Joel Mryglod from Merit Ford takes this opportunity to help out by fueling up most of his vehicles from his lot and was seen many times throughout the day.
The funds raised for the Carlyle Cubs was $2,329.70 and will be used for outdoor play equipment and a gazebo at the learning centre.
Southern Plains also held fundraisers in Estevan and Oxbow that day. The fundraiser in Oxbow at the Expressway Family Centre brought in $1,067.10 and the one for the Estevan Rangers/Girl Guides generated $3,058.50. The Arcola Co-op was part of Fuel Good Day as well, with the funds going to the Arcola Figure Skating Club.
Sarah Rickard, president of the skating club, said the donation would be used for training tools for the StarSkate and CanSkate programs.
Lily Sheridan, Emily Almey and Katelyn Mitchell came in figure skating outfits to clean windows and pump gas.
At the end of the day, Matthew Almey, manager at the Arcola gas bar said $902 was raised and will go to support the figure skating club.
The Carlyle Cubs and Arcola Skating Club were thankful to all those who filled up on this day to support them and to make a brighter future for the kids, and they also thanked the respective co-ops for offering such a great program to help support the local organizations.