Stride for Success Charity Relay 2011 for Portage Atlantic’s Recovery Trail Project
This year’s Stride for Success Charity Relay, put on by T4G’s Future Focus Foundation to raise money for the Portage Atlantic Recovery Trail Project, was a resounding success. In its second of three years, the relay has helped raise just over $40,000 in cash donations, pledges, and gifts in kind to develop Cassidy Lake’s 165 wooded acres into a seasonal hiking trail for residents. The goal of the Recovery Trail Project is to raise $60,000 by July 2012. There are only twelve months left to go, so please help us reach our finish line! To make a donation, please contact Carol Tracey at 506-459-1284 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portage Atlantic would like to thank all volunteers and relay teams: the City of Saint John, Saint John Firefighters, RBC, GENIVAR, and T4G. A special thank you to T4G’s Future Focus Foundation for leading this incredible project and helping to make Portage Atlantic’s Recovery Trail a reality in the near future.
Portage Atlantic “Magnificent Maples”
The Portage Atlantic Recovery Trail Project involves extending and enhancing Cassidy Lake’s existing 3.8 km path to include wheelchair accessibility and to provide safe and picturesque routes for walking, running, biking, and snowshoeing. Supporters of the Stride for Success Relay for the Recovery Trail have been outstanding; two of which are recognised as the first “Magnificent Maples” ($15,000+) in the donor category. Forzani Group’s Power of Sports for Kids has recently made very generous donations to the Recovery Trail project by presenting a cheque for $15,000 to Portage Atlantic, along with twelve new mountain bikes and helmets from SportChek.
Photo, left to right: Ron Goodine, SportChek Fredericton; Portage Staff members, Katrina Schwetz, Erin Marr, Neil Laking, Geordie Gould, Tambrie Hicks; and Patrick Hoyt, SportChek Saint John.
United Commercial Travellers (Jack Kidd Council 755), a longstanding supporter of Portage Atlantic is also contributing $15,000 for the Recovery Trail. Eight members of the UCT club visited the rehabilitation centre recently to make this announcement.
Photo, left to right: Wes Cosman of UCT and Carol Tracey of Portage.
Portage Atlantic Community Breakfast Series
Portage Atlantic’s Community Breakfast series, sponsored by Atlantic Lottery Corporation, has recently visited Amherst, NS, Charlottetown, PEI, and Caraquet, NB. Each breakfast was attended by more than forty five guests and were covered in provincial and local newspapers, further building awareness about Portage Atlantic’s rehabilitation program for youth.
Cassidy Lake Landscaping Project
$7,000 was raised last year for a landscaping project to beautify the entrance to the new main building at Cassidy Lake. Volunteers, Portage Board Members, staff members, and residents recently dedicated two full days to the project, laying sod, planting perennials, and taking great pride in the results. Among the volunteers were several RCMP representatives and Lions Club members.
From left to right: Before, during, and after the Cassidy Lake Landscaping Project
Extraordinary community support
Portage Atlantic and the youth seeking treatment at the rehabilitation centre at Cassidy Lake are very appreciative of the generous support received from the community. Here are some highlights of recent community involvement:
United Commercial Travelers
Fredericton Golden Club
Greater Saint-John Community Foundation
Fredericton Community Foundation
The Therapeutic Community
By beginning a substance abuse rehabilitation program at Portage, residents become members of Portage’s therapeutic community. As such, they share their daily lives with a group of people who are experiencing similar substance abuse problems and who have undertaken to help one another overcome these difficulties.