August 24, 2009 18:30 ET

RONA Foundation Raises $525,000 at Annual Golf Day

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2009) - Today the RONA Foundation raised a record amount of $525,000 at its Annual Golf Day, held at Hillsdale Golf Club near Montreal. The tournament brought together some 500 participants, the majority from the network of RONA suppliers. On this occasion, the RONA Foundation also released its 2008 Activities Report, which presents the initiatives carried out during the year to help young Canadians between the ages of 12 and 30 in fighting against dropping out of school or by offering them training so that they can work at a trade or in a profession.

"For more than 10 years now, the RONA Foundation has been helping underprivileged and often forgotten young people between the ages of 12 and 30 get back on their feet. To help a young person overcome difficulties by providing the tools they need to succeed is freeing up potential that can change the world," said RONA president and CEO and RONA Foundation president Robert Dutton. "We get involved so that young people who have suffered a setback or bad luck can get their strength and confidence back, continue their studies, get that important first job, and regain their dignity and ability to remake this world as only young people can."

The RONA Foundation focuses on fundraising, and the money raised is distributed across Canada to registered charitable organizations that share the Foundation's mission. In 2008, more than $357,000 in donations went to 51 organizations supported by the RONA Foundation.

Organizations supported by the Foundation in 2008 include:


Breakfast Clubs of Canada


Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Calgary


Aboriginal Agricultural Education Society of British Columbia (Kamloops)

YWCA Emma's Teen Parents Support Project (Vancouver)

Surrey School District (Surrey)


Westman Youth For Christ (Brandon)

Nova Scotia

Phoenix Youth Programs (Halifax)


Children's Aid Foundation (Toronto)

North West Scarborough Youth Centre, Youth Link

YWCA of Hamilton/Burlington

Toronto Seahawks


Accueil Bonneau (Montreal)

Atelier de meubles et de recyclage Ahuntsic-Cartierville (Montreal)

Alpha-Entraide (Saint-Romuald)

Benado (Delson)

Carrefour jeunesse emploi du Rocher-Perce (Chandler)

Carrefour jeunesse Longueuil Rive-Sud (Longueuil)

Centre de prevention du decrochage scolaire Omega (Sainte-Therese)

Centre DEBAT (Montreal)

Centre residentiel et communautaire Jacques-Cartier (Quebec)

Centretien Nicolet (Nicolet)

CFER - Centre de formation en entreprise et recuperation de l'Outaouais (Gatineau)

CyberCap (Montreal)

Espace Vivant / Living Room (Cowansville)

Fondation Appui Enfance-Famille (Trois-Rivieres)

Fondation Audrey-Lehoux (Saint-Narcisse)

Fondation Carrier-Fecteau (Thetford Mines)

Fondation CSSS Jeanne-Mance (Montreal)

Fondation de l'Hopital de Montreal pour enfants (Montreal)

Fondation des Auberges du coeur (Montreal)

Fondation des Samares - Ecole secondaire Barthelemy (Joliette)

Fondation du cegep du Vieux Montreal (Montreal)

Fondation du Centre jeunesse de Montreal (Montreal)

Fondation du Centre jeunesse du Bas-Saint-Laurent (Rimouski)

Fondation du Maire de Montreal pour la jeunesse (Montreal)

Fondation Madeli-Aide (Iles-de-la-Madeleine)

Fondation Pere Sablon (Montreal)

Fondation pour la promotion de la pediatrie sociale (Montreal)

Fondation Ressources-Jeunesse - FRJ (Montreal)

Fonds de developpement du college Edouard-Montpetit (Montreal)

Imprime-Emploi (Montreal)

Le Boulot vers... (Montreal)

Maison de Jonathan (Longueuil)

Maison des jeunes Kekpart (Longueuil)

Motivation-jeunesse 16/18 (Montreal)

Programme Alternative au decrochage du Plateau Mont-Royal (Montreal)

Regroupement Jeunesse en Marche (Montreal)

REVDEC (Montreal)

Toujours Ensemble (Montreal)


Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Eastern Newfoundland (St. John's, NF)

Rotary Club of St-John's East Foundation (St. John's)

Helping young people achieve their potential

Created in 1998, the RONA Foundation gives priority to requests for financial assistance from initiatives that help young people achieve their potential and take their rightful place in the workforce. Projects supported by the Foundation include programs to lower school dropout rates, training programs, scholarships that help young people from underprivileged families complete their studies and learn a trade, on-the-job training programs and employment programs for underprivileged youth. For more than 10 years, the RONA Foundation has given out more than $2,000,000 to different charitable organizations dedicated to serving youth across Canada. The RONA Foundation today continues to grow, thanks to the generosity of its numerous donors. To learn more about the RONA Foundation, please visit

About RONA

RONA inc. is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. RONA operates a network of close to 700 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With over 30,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 15 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network generates over $6 billion in annual retail sales. For more, please visit

Contact Information

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