TORONTO (Sept. 30, 2016) — Ontario's “Tire Take Back” event has collected nearly 460,000 tires and raised $1.06 million for the Sunshine Foundation of Canada over the past seven years, according to event organizers.
The event, organized by the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association and Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) in association with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, encourages Ontarians to drop off their used tires at participating collectors across the province, according to an OTS statement.
This year's “Tire Take Back” was held May 24-June 4. The event collected 64,623 tires and earned $117,998 for the Sunshine Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and severe physical disabilities.
Early's Auto Parts in Alliston, Ontario, was the champion in this year's event, collecting 15,346 tires and earning $21,491 for the charity, organizers said.
“We are overwhelmed with the support we've received from OARA, OTS and OFA and their dedication to reaching this incredible million-dollar milestone,” said Nancy Sutherland, CEO for the Sunshine Foundation of Canada.
“Tire Take Back is grassroots fundraising at its best, with communities across the province coming together to make dreams come true for our Sunshine kids,” Ms. Sutherland said.