Five community initiatives win cash prizes, including the grand prize of $20,000
Tangerine Bank is thrilled to announce the five winners of the #Tangerine20 contest. The winning organizations have worked hard to save for their goals in an effort to make a positive difference in their communities. Now, they can get to their goals a little faster with cash prizes from Tangerine.
Tangerine launched the #Tangerine20 contest in celebration of the Bank’s 20th anniversary. From May 23 to June 16, 2017, Canadians nominated nearly 400 community initiatives at Tangerine.ca/Tangerine20 for the chance to win one of the #Tangerine20 prizes. Tangerine announced the top 20 finalists on July 6, and Canadians began voting for their favourite initiative. By the close of the contest, nearly 15,000 votes had been collected! Now, the results are in and five lucky winners will claim the following cash prizes: one prize of $20,000, one prize of $10,000, two prizes of $5,000, and one prize of $2,000.
“To help celebrate our 20th anniversary, Tangerine wanted to support organizations that make a difference in their communities by awarding cash prizes to help them reach their financial goals a bit faster,” said Amy Cole, Vice President Corporate Affairs at Tangerine. “Thank you to all the volunteers who took the time to nominate their projects and to their supporters for voting and helping to build a brighter way forward within their communities.”
Congratulations go to the following winners:
RYSC Youth Group (Birch Hills, Saskatchewan)
For seven years, the RYSC Youth Group has been working towards completing their mixed-use community park that has helped to relieve tension and bridge the gap between youth and adults. They have already built a skate park, basketball court, community garden and implemented recreation programs, such as weekly community campfires. The park is fully funded and maintained by volunteers. They will use the prize money to officially complete the park with a camp gazebo and washroom facilities.
Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Academy (Haliburton Highlands, Ontario)
Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Academy aims to reach marginalized youth, including those struggling with mental illness, trauma, anxiety, FASD, substance use and youth with developmental challenges, making inclusion a realistic possibility for all participants, regardless of their physical limitations. They will use the prize money to purchase a farm vehicle to help transport participants with limited mobility to tour the farm and access the therapeutic horses.
Cure SMA Canada (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec)
Spinal muscular atrophy is a muscle-wasting disease that slowly robs children of their capacity to move, eat, speak and breathe. Cure SMA Canada’s quest is to find treatment and a cure for SMA and family support. They will use the prize money to hold a four-day camp for children affected by the terminal illness and their families at the end of August. They are hosting a camp so families can connect, have fun, make friends and forget about their daily struggles.
Community Garden Society of Inuvik (Inuvik, Northwest Territories)
The Inuvik Community Greenhouse, converted from an old hockey arena, is a not-for-profit initiative run by the Community Garden Society of Inuvik (CGSI), which promotes positive and healthy communities through gardening. They will use the prize money to enhance their youth programming, expand their compost program and update the building’s electricity and plumbing systems. In turn, this will also create youth employment opportunities, reduce waste in town – as there is no recycling program – and help with the rising costs of food in Canada’s north, ensuring that residents have fresh and inexpensive produce year-round.
Enderby & District Community Resource Centre Society (Enderby, British Columbia)
The Enderby & District Community Resource Centre Society will use the prize money to enhance their Healthiest Eating for Life Program (H.E.L.P.), which provides nutritious hot lunches to caregivers (mostly young mothers), and children who face financial and social challenges. As well as nutrition, these lunches provide social engagement, healthy cost-saving meals and mentoring support from the H.E.L.P team.