T3 Transit has partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation to raise money for the Strike Back at Stroke campaign. T3 Transit will donate fare proceeds to the health charity for every passenger that rides the bus on Fridays from September 19 until the end of November.
The official launch of the campaign will take place at the bus shelter outside of the Charlottetown Mall on Friday, September 19 at 12:30 p.m. As part of the launch, the City of Charlottetown, Town of Cornwall and Town of Stratford have challenged the Federal and Provincial governments to see which level of government can get the most employees riding the bus for charity for the September 19 campaign launch. Coloured tickets for government employees will be used on the day of the challenge and launch to track the riders.
"It is so encouraging to see T3 Transit as part of our community," said Mike Cassidy, owner of T3 Transit. "Being involved in the community and helping the fall Heart and Stroke – Strike Back at Stroke campaign makes it all worthwhile for myself and my staff."
The public is encouraged to take part on September 19 by riding the bus for charity and attending the launch at 12:30 p.m. Money raised during the 11-weeks will go toward an awareness campaign to help Islanders Strike Back at Stroke by recognizing the warning signs and calling 9-1-1 immediately. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in PEI and a major cause of acquired adult disability. Some strokes can be treated with a clot-busting medication to increase the patient’s likelihood of full recovery, however the drug must be administered within a few hours of the first onset of symptoms.
"The Heart and Stroke Foundation is delighted to partner with T3 Transit in this initiative and we commend them for their community-minded spirit," said Charlotte Comrie, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, PEI. "We hope members of the public will hop on board EVERY Friday to Strike Back at Stroke and help the Heart and Stroke Foundation create more survivors."
For more information on the Heart and Stroke Foundation, including information on detecting, identifying and preventing strokes, visit: www.heartandstroke.com
For more information on T3 Transit and to access the transit schedule, visit: http://triustransit.ca/
VP Marketing & Development
Coach Atlantic Group/ T3 Transit
902-566-5664 ext. 113
Communications Manager, PEI
Heart and Stroke Foundation
902-892-7441, ext. 1216