Saskatchewan, Canada, 2015-2-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — There was a warm reception for Mother Teresa Middle School students in Regina Friday as CFL great Geroy Simon and Seattle Seahawk John Ryan handed out new coats, tuques and mitts.
This winter clothing is part of a $50,000 donation from the Co-op Refinery Complex to Geroy’s Coats 4 Kids campaign through the Huddle Up Foundation. The donation will equip thousands of children with winter jackets and create long-term sustainability for the foundation.
“We recognize the importance of giving back to a community and a province that has been so supportive of us,” said Gil Le Dressay, Vice-President of Refinery Operations. “We are so proud to be partnering with Geroy and the Huddle Up Foundation so that together we can make a practical difference to many children in need.”
Now in its second year, Geroy’s Coats 4 Kids campaign has distributed thousands of new and gently-used coats for kids aged four to 18 in Regina and across Saskatchewan. When he was playing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Simon was inspired to launch the campaign as a result of his dedication to community and youth.
“No kid should be without a coat in winters like we have here,” said Simon. “We all can make a difference by providing a basic necessity that contributes so much to the health and well-being of our kids.”
As ambassadors for the Huddle Up Foundation, Ryan and Simon also spoke to the students about what it takes to be a champion, sharing stories of success and defeat.