Since 2002, local Pharmaprix stores hold an annual fundraising campaign to benefit West Island Community Shares. This year, the “Growing Women’s Health” campaign raised $35,526, bringing the cumulative amount raised by Pharmaprix to more than $315,000.
West Island Community Shares raises funds for 40 local community groups. Last year more than 20,000 women of all ages sought help from these groups. Their needs ranged from support to coping with cancer, eating disorders and family crisis to substance abuse, mental illness and more.
“Thank you to the Pharmaprix pharmacist-owners, their staff and their customers who gave so generously to this campaign,” said Leanne Bayer, Executive Director of West Island Community Shares. “This is a wonderful example of how the West Island comes together to help friends, neighbours and families in our own community.”
Ms. Bayer added that the Pharmaprix pharmacist-owners also support Community Shares through a corporate partnership. Corporate partners cover operational costs, allowing the fundraising group to distribute 100% of funds raised to the 40 groups they support.
West Island Community Shares’ 2016-2017 campaign continues until March 31, 2017 with the goal of raising $1.2 million. Until December 31st, The Tenaquip Foundation will match all donations received to a maximum of $20,000. To donate, visit: www.communityshares.ca
About West Island Community Shares
West Island Community Shares is a fundraising organization that currently supports 40 local community groups. These groups provide frontline services to thousands of residents whose needs range from support in coping with poverty and food insecurity to cancer, troubled youth, substance abuse, mental illness and more. Since 1998, it has raised and distributed more than $12 million to local community groups. West Island Community Shares’ model is unique because it distributes 100% of donations received to the groups it supports. It is the only not-for-profit in Canada to implement and sustain this model for 18 years. This is made possible by the following corporate partners that cover its operational costs: Pfizer Canada, Merck, Tenaquip Ltd., Telus, Pharmaprix, Avon Canada, Groupe Jean Coutu, West Island Ford Lincoln, Roxboro Excavation, the Spinelli Employee Fund, BDO, Bromelin People Practices, Construction Jean Houde, Groom and Associates, the Montreal Marriott Airport In-Terminal Hotel, NAS, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Pharmascience.