Community Partners to receive thousands through online fundraiser

The Sylvan Lake community has shown its approval of a recent Telus fundraiser being held in support of Community Partners.

  • Aug. 6, 2015 6:00 a.m.

The Sylvan Lake community has shown its approval of a recent Telus fundraiser being held in support of Sylvan Lake and Area Community Partners — or so numbers would suggest, at least.

A Telus Facebook post pledging $5 to Community Partners for every ‘like’ received had tallied more than 1,100 clicks of approval by press time, meaning the local organization will exceed its $5,000 fundraising goal.

“There are so many places in Alberta that could have been chosen, but they chose Sylvan Lake and they chose Community Partners, so it was awesome,” said Alanna Dextrase, Community Partners administrative and events co-ordinator. “It’s an honour to be chosen.”

The organization’s many programs, services and events — such as Coats for Kids, an annual Christmas dinner and family education and support — helped around 7,000 people last year. But while those programs are offered to the community free of charge, they cost money to run and put on.

For that reason, fundraising is particularly important to the organization — a sentiment that Telus fully understands, according to communications manager Liz Sauvé.

Fundraisers such as the ‘1 Little Like, 1 Big Difference’ Facebook post, she said, are simply a way of giving back.

“It’s our way to say thank you to the community, because we wouldn’t be the company we are without our customers,” she said. “The people of Sylvan Lake have been very good to us over the years.”

Telus representatives are scheduled to be present in town throughout the week until Sunday (Aug. 9) holding further events and activities in support of the community.

‘Likes’ on the Facebook post will be tallied toward donations until Friday (Aug. 7).

The post can be viewed on the Sylvan Lake News Facebook page as well as those of others from throughout the community. ‘Likes’ must be submitted on the original Telus post.