MADD Canada

MADD Canada

October 23, 2013 11:00 ET

Fix Auto Canada's Generous Donation Increases Number of Students Receiving MADD Canada Education Bursaries

Annual Golf Tournament funds will help victims of impaired driving as they pursue post-secondary education

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 23, 2013) - MADD Canada is teeing up to award five additional bursaries to post-secondary students in need, thanks to Fix Auto Canada and its 6th annual Golf Tournament.

MADD Canada's Bursary Program assists Canadian students who have had an immediate family member (mother, father, legal guardian or sibling) killed in an impaired-driving related crash and who are pursuing any full-time education program approved by a provincial Minister of Education. Bursaries of up to $2,000 are awarded to qualifying students across Canada.

Fix Auto Canada is already a sponsor of the Bursary Program. They contribute to the Bursary Endowment which was set up through the donations of caring individuals who recognized the economic hardships families often face after an impaired driving tragedy. When the company raised $10,000 at its annual golf tournament in September, they immediately contacted MADD Canada to donate the funds toward five more bursaries, bringing the total number of students receiving bursaries this year to 12.

"As a group, we are mindful of the impact any vehicle collision can have on the lives of those affected," said Daryll O'Keefe, Ontario General Manager for Fix Auto. "It is for this reason we have decided to support MADD Canada and its efforts to improve the lives of those who have been so drastically affected by the most unimaginable of all events. We are tremendously proud of and grateful to the golfers and dinner attendees who made donations. Their support will help ease the financial burden a little for five more students who are pursuing their educational goals while still trying to cope with tragic losses as a result of impaired driving."

When Fix Auto Canada approached MADD Canada last year about helping the organization and its mission, they were immediately drawn to the Bursary Program as an area to support. They recognized that their company, employees and partners could play an important role in supporting victims as they tried to achieve their educational goals. At the post-tournament dinner, guests heard from a young man whose mother had been killed by an impaired driver. His personal story illustrated the emotional and financial hardships that victims often face as they attend school and work towards the future.

"Fix Auto is truly building a lasting legacy with their support of the Bursary Fund," said MADD Canada National President Angeliki Souranis. "These students have suffered a tremendous loss, and these bursaries help ease their minds a little as they try to move forward in their lives and complete their post-secondary education."

In addition to its support of the Bursary Fund, Fix Auto Canada and its 200 locations across Canada will also be supporting MADD Canada's upcoming holiday awareness campaign, Project Red Ribbon.

About MADD Canada

MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads. For more information, visit www.madd.ca.

About Fix Auto Canada

Fix Auto Canada is the largest network of body shops in Canada, with over 200 locations across the country. Created in 1992, the Fix Auto body shop concept today encompasses over 300 locations internationally all of which offer a full range of collision repair services while maintaining the same standards of quality, ethics and performance. Fix Auto's success is largely due to its development of an innovative formula that meets the needs of all automobile collision and repair service stakeholders, and the establishment of operating standards common to all franchises. For more information, please visit www.fixauto.com.

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