BY BILL PHILLIPS
Even though it’s been a couple of weeks since the Terry Fox Run in Prince George, donations continue to come in.
On Tuesday the Prince George Recycling and Return-It Centre donated $2,000 to the Terry Fox Foundation. The money was raised through the centre’s donation bins. The PG Recycling and Return It Centre has six bins located around the city where residents can beat the line-up at the bottle depot and simply drop off their cans and bottles. The refund money is then collected and given to charity.
For owner Austin Kim, it’s a way to give back to the community and giving to the Terry Fox Foundation was an easy choice and they sweetened the pot.
“The donations came out to be $1,500 and we added another $500,” he said, adding it took about a month to raise the money. “Terry Fox is a Canadian hero, he’s definitely a mentor.”
He also credited the work of local Terry Fox Run organizer Scott McWalter and the run organizers aying that when he saw how much work went into organizing the run, he decided to help.
The PG Recycling and Return-It Centre picks a local charity every two or three months to receive the funds collected through the donation bins.
“We like to help as many organizations as we can throughout the year,” said Kim. “We are extremely grateful for the community help. Without the help of the people in Prince George, we wouldn’t be able to raise that amount of money.”
Bins are located at Canadian Tire, SPCA, CN Centre, the Northern Light Estate Winery, Fifth and Ahbau Plaza and at the PG Recycling Return-It Centre on Peterson Road.