Monday, February 1, 2010

Calgary Transit service lane staff assist Haiti relief effort

Supporting charities and donating to worthwhile causes are things Calgary Transit’s bus service lane employees think about on a daily basis. Each day, they collect bottles and cans that are left behind on transit vehicles. Each year, they take all these bottles and cans, recycle them and donate the refund to a charity of their choice.

The refund from the 2009 bottles and cans amounted to $4,000, and after the devastation in Haiti, the choice of which charity to support this year was clear.

On January 29, service lane employees from all garages met with Steve Sammartino, Service Lanes Coordinator; Romy Accad, Service Foreman; and Dragan Vasic, Manager of Bus and Auxillary Vehicles, to present the $4,000, earmarked for the Haiti relief effort, to Canadian Red Cross Official Ben Leung. The Canadian Red Cross is working hard to provide medical support, clean water, food and shelter to people who have lost everything.

“We sincerely thank Calgary Transit and its staff for contributing to this very important cause,” says Leung. “Every donation helps a grave situation.”

“What is also impressive is that the Canadian government will match our donation dollar for dollar so we feel we have maximized the potential of this year’s donation,” said Sammartino.
Calgary Transit employs 68 service lane attendants, working at three transit garages, who are responsible for the daily cleaning and servicing of the 1,000 buses in Calgary Transit’s fleet. Calgary Transit’s service lane attendants have found a way to contribute to our community by cashing in recyclables. In addition to the newspapers, mittens and umbrellas often left behind by passengers, thousands of bottles and cans are separated from garbage every year, and the money is used to support a charity selected by the employees.

***Ben Leung from the Canadian Red Cross receives a cheque from Steve Sammartino, Services Lane Coordinator.

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