It’s not too late to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation by riding T3 Transit on Fridays. The Fill the Bus Fridays fundraiser is at the halfway point with six Fridays left for people to show their support for the charity.
T3 Transit has partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and is donating fare proceeds for passengers that ride on Fridays during the 11-week fundraiser.
The money raised will go toward the Foundation’s Strike Back at Stroke campaign.
"T3 Transit is a strong supporter of local charities and is happy to partner with the Heart and Stroke Foundation through Fill the Bus Fridays. There haven’t been as many people taking advantage of this fundraiser as we had hoped, so we really encourage people to join us for the next six Friday to make this a worthwhile campaign for the Heart and Stroke Foundation."
As part of the 11-week fundraiser, the municipal government employees of Stratford, Cornwall and Charlottetown issued a challenge to federal and provincial employees to see which level of government could get the most people riding transit on Fridays. Coloured tickets are being used to track government employees. To date, municipal employees are leading the challenge but federal and provincial employees still have a chance to pull ahead for bragging rights in the friendly competition.
"Money raised during the 11-week initiative will go toward an awareness campaign to help Islanders Strike Back at Stroke by recognizing the warning signs and calling 9-1-1 immediately," said Charlotte Comrie, CEO of Heart and Stroke Foundation|PEI and Nova Scotia. "Stroke is the third leading cause of death in PEI and a major cause of acquired adult disability. It is crucial people react immediately because 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. We would be grateful if as many Islanders as possible take T3 transit for the next six Fridays in support of this very worthwhile cause."
For more information on T3 Transit and to access the transit schedule, visit: http://triustransit.ca/
For more information on the Heart and Stroke Foundation, including information on detecting, identifying and preventing strokes, visit: www.heartandstroke.com