© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Scoop gives the thumbs up as the annual raise-a-reader day was held in various locations across P.E.I. With Scoop are Jennifer Keenan, volunteer; Sandra MacNeill of The Guardian; Catherine Hennessey, volunteer and Lucas McInnis of Transcontinental's Maritime Production Centre.
Prince Edward Islanders reached into their pockets to help the cause of literacy on Wednesday.
Over 150 volunteers at 33 locations across the province helped raise $13,558.13 in the annual Postmedia Raise-a-Reader Day. All the money goes to support literacy projects.
A total of $11,473.73 was collected by the Raise-a-Reader Day volunteers at the many coffee shops, street corners and other locations from Tignish to Souris.
Another $2,084.40 was raised by Scotiabank in Prince County.
Catherine O’Bryan, executive director, P.E.I. Literacy Alliance, says the event was a big success.
“The alliance greatly appreciates the ongoing annual support for programs such as Family Literacy Day, the Summer Tutoring Program for Kids, as well as the Book Bank at the Upper Room Food Bank. These programs advance literacy for families in P.E.I. and help families raise lifelong readers,” said O’Bryan.
Guardian managing editor Gary MacDougall said while the weather was a bit wet and cool, it didn’t cool down the generous spirits of the many willing volunteers, who included mayors, politicians, hockey and basketball players, prominent entrepreneurs and other people with a strong interest in literacy. Many of those volunteers were employees of the two newspapers.
“While the weather made some of us nervous, this year’s total was more than last year’s, which just proves how much support is out there for the cause of literacy,” said MacDougall.
The Guardian and The Journal Pioneer organize the annual Postmedia Raise-a-Reader Day on Prince Edward Island. The fundraiser is also held in a number of other Canadian cities. Over the years, over $20 million has been raised across Canada during Raise-a-Reader days.
O’Bryan says the money will greatly benefit the work of the alliance.
“Funds raised will go directly to family literacy programs delivered by the P.E.I. Literacy Alliance,” she said.