BLAINVILLE (Quebec), February 10, 2020 – Steve Leal, President and CEO of Fix Network World is very proud to share that the Fix Network Canada family of franchise strategic partners and corporate team members, along with select supplier and insurance partners, have come together to raise $143,828 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada in 2019.
“I am completely overwhelmed by the generosity and efforts of our team in 2019 to almost double the amount raised from the previous year,” said Leal. “Our Fix Auto, Speedy Auto Service and NOVUS Glass franchise families have really stepped up to help RMHC families across the country. Working together as one team, we’ve been able to make a positive impact for the families staying at the RMHC houses.”
Multiple events, both big and small, were held throughout the year to help achieve this fantastic fundraising total. In October Stéphane Cirurso, owner of Fix Auto Vaudreuil and Fix Auto Montreal West, held a casino event that raised over $17,000 in one night. One of Fix Auto’s first franchise owners George and Fatima Salsa and his team raised $40,000 at their 6th annual Matthew Salsa Memorial Golf Tournament and Fix Auto Windsor & Windsor East raised $9,000 at an annual fundraising banquet. There were also individual shop owners that graciously donated funds to RMHC including Ricky Ahmed from Fix Auto Brooks, Jeff Leeper from Fix Auto Waterloo and Bijou Abraham from Speedy Auto Service Millwoods and Northwest in Edmonton.
These donations are in addition to volunteering at events such as Footsteps for Families in Ontario, The PJ Walk for Kids in the Maritimes and the Home for Dinner initiative which many of the shops and their staff participate in throughout the year. Shops from coast to coast have donated money, time and household items to help thousands of families stay close to their sick child and the care they need. In 2018, over 26,000 families from 2,944 communities across Canada stayed with RMHC. However, the need continues to grow, as 7,242 families were turned away due to lack of bedspace; that’s 19 families per night.
“Our goal is to ensure that families with sick children across Canada can stay close to each other and close to the care they need, so we’re grateful to the Fix Network Canada community for this much-valued and meaningful support,” said Kate Horton, Executive Director, RMHC Canada.
This partnership establishes RMHC Canada as the charity of choice for the Fix Network and encourages franchise strategic partners, their employees and corporate staff to get involved supporting this worthwhile cause through fundraising, volunteering and awareness building. Many Fix Auto, Speedy Auto Service and NOVUS Glass locations are in communities without a children’s hospital which makes this partnership all the more important as 65% of Canadians live outside a city with a children’s hospital.
The Fix Network is itself a family and understands the positive impact having family close by when a child is undergoing treatment. “It’s wonderful to see our teams get out there, raise money and volunteer their time for such a great organization,” added Leal. “RMHC has been our national charity partner since June 2016 and the amount we raise and hours we volunteer increases each year; a trend that I am so proud to see.”
ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES CANADA (RMHC® CANADA)
In Canada, 65 per cent of families live outside a city with a children’s hospital, and must travel for treatment if their child is seriously ill. The RMHC network of programs in Canada helps to keep more than 25,000 families close to their sick child and the care they need each year. The 15 Ronald McDonald Houses provide out-of-town families with a home to stay at while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital, while the 17 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide a comfortable place for families to rest and recharge, right inside hospitals. Through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, basic medical care is available to underserved communities in Alberta. For more information, please visit rmhccanada.ca.
About NOVUS Glass
NOVUS Glass is part of Fix Network World, the global leader in the automotive aftermarket services sector. With its Repair First, Replace When Necessary® commitment, NOVUS Glass can repair more windshields with greater optical clarity and structural integrity than any other system in the industry and guarantees repairs for the life of the windshield. NOVUS has been awarded more U.S. Patents for windshield repair than any other company in the auto glass industry.