To Whom It May Concern:

Every day UFCW Canada members are involved with Charitable events throughout the country. The most notable work done by the union and membership is the fundraising efforts for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

Since making this our charity of choice in 1985, UFCW Canada’s members have raised almost $19.8 million for Leukemia research. In 2008 alone UFCW Canada raised more than $1.6 million setting a new annual fundraising record. Money raised range from walkathons, bowlathons, BBQs, golf, hockey, volleyball and of course bottle drive.

UFCW Canada continues to help hundreds, if not thousands, of lives affected by Leukemia and other blood diseases. It is a tremendous ongoing achievement that hopefully will lead to finding a cure for this dreadful disease.

UFCW Local 12R24, in partnership with The Beer Store, has continued to increase their contribution to this worthy cause. Each year on the weekend after the Victoria Day weekend we hold a bottle drive at every Beer Store location in the province. Volunteers are at these locations Saturday and Sunday, this year May 29/30, and accept empty bottles as a donation to our cause.

Some of our past accomplishments have been outstanding:

2006: $168,000
2007: $500,000
2008: $647,000
2009: $830,000

This year we are setting our goals to reach the magic $1,000,000 mark but this is only achievable if we continue to get volunteers for all our stores.

Volunteers accept bottle returns and have to coordinate these returns by bringing them in the stores and/or organizing and palletizing them on trucks if available. They are asked to be very careful with this as the handling of glass, cans and all other materials can produce some safety issues. They are asked to be respectful of the customers. Although this can be a very tiring day it is very rewarding to know how many individuals you are helping, especially the children affected by this disease.

Thanks for any help you can provide and please contact us if you need any information with regard to this endeavour at 416-674-6606.

Sincerely,

Rob Edwards
President UFCW Canada Local 12R24

Frank Falconer
Service Rep

For more information: Returns for Leukemia Research