August 31, 2010 08:30 ET

RONA Foundation Annual Golf Day Raises $525,000

Its Mission: to Help Young People 12 to 30 Years of Age by Supporting Projects That Fight Against School Drop-Out and Illiteracy or Offers Them Training so They Can Work at a Trade

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2010) -

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The RONA Foundation raised $525,000 yesterday at its Annual Golf Day, which was held at the Hillsdale Golf Club near Montreal. Some 500 participants came together to support the Foundation's activities, many of them from RONA's network of suppliers.

At the same time, the RONA Foundation released its 2009 Activities Report, outlining the initiatives carried out to help underprivileged young Canadians from 12 to 30 carve out a place for themselves in the workforce and in society. The Foundation provides financial support for organizations and projects that combat school drop-out and illiteracy by helping young people prepare for a trade or occupation.

"For 12 years now the RONA Foundation has been developing close cooperative ties with hundreds of social organizations all across Canada," said Robert Dutton, RONA president and CEO and president of the RONA Foundation. "We're pleased to be able to support them in their vital mission: helping young people in difficulty to regain confidence in themselves, get their self-esteem back and put meaning back into their lives. The organizations help these young people overcome their own sometimes-grim prospects to become full and active members of society."

Olympic medallists support the Foundation

In the evening, four renowned Canadian athletes turned up to show their support for the RONA Foundation:

  • Caroline Ouellette, member of the Canadian women's hockey team, which won gold at the Vancouver Olympics
  • Charles Hamelin, double gold medallist in short-track speed skating in Vancouver 
  • François-Louis Tremblay, gold and bronze medallist in short-track speed skating in Vancouver
  • Mathieu Giroux, gold medallist in long-track speed skating in Vancouver

These members of RONA's "Growing with our Athletes" program spoke with participants, including a number of Canadian youth who were there as the Foundation's guests. Their determination to succeed was a powerful source of inspiration for everyone.

74 organizations supported in 2009
The RONA Foundation turns over the money it raises to registered charities that share its mission. In 2009, the Foundation extended a total of over $486,000 in support to 74 organizations.
The following organizations and projects received donations from the RONA Foundation in 2009:
Breakfast Clubs of Canada
British Columbia
Aboriginal Agricultural Education Society of British Columbia (Kamloops)
Backstage Youth Performers Society (Coquitlam)
Emily Carr Institute (Vancouver)
Options Surrey Community Services
Project Hope
Surrey School District, Retail Program
Tradeworks Training Society (Vancouver)
YWCA Emma's Teen Parents Support Project (Vancouver)
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Calgary
Boys & Girls Club of Calgary
Boys & Girls Club of Leduc
Camp Carmangay
YWCA Calgary Skills Training Centre
Saskatoon Community Arts Programming
Building Boys & Girls Club (Toronto)
Causeway Foundation (Ottawa)
Centre Partenaires pour l'emploi (Hearst)
Children's Aid Foundation
Eastview Boys & Girls Club (Toronto)
Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Toronto)
Humewood House (Toronto)
JVS Toronto
Literacy Council York-Simcoe (Newmarket)
North West Scarborough Youth Centre
Rexdale Community Health Centre (Toronto)
Street Connections (London)
Toronto Seahawks
Trent Community Correctional (Trenton)
YMCA Burlington-Hamilton
Atelier de meubles et de recyclage Ahuntsic-Cartierville (Montreal)
Carrefour de lutte au décrochage scolaire (Montreal)
Carrefour jeunesse emploi du Rocher-Percé (Chandler)
Centre communautaire Jeunesse Unie (Montreal)
Centre communautaire Rosemont – L'Entre-Gens (Montreal)
Centre DÉBAT (Montreal)
Centre de formation en entreprise et récupération
Centre résidentiel et communautaire Jacques-Cartier (Quebec City)
Concours québécois en entrepreneuriat
CyberCap (Montreal)
Eastern Townships Learning Centre (Sherbrooke)
Femmes Autochtones du Québec (Kahnawake)
Fondation Audrey-Lehoux (Saint-Narcisse)
Fondation CSSS Jeanne-Mance (Montreal)
Fondation de l'Hôpital de Montréal pour enfants
Fondation des YMCA du Québec
Fondation du Centre jeunesse de Montréal
Fondation du Centre jeunesse du Bas-Saint-Laurent (Rimouski)
Fondation du Centre psychopédagogique de Québec
Fondation Jeunes-Projet (La Prairie)
Fondation Madeli-Aide (Îles-de-la-Madeleine)
Fondation Ressources-Jeunesse (Montreal)
Fondation Wilfrid-Pelletier (Montreal)
Fonds de développement du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (Longueuil)
Groupe en alphabétisation Montmagny
Hébergement Maison de la paix (Longueuil)
HEC (Montreal)
Intégration Jeunesse (Montreal)
LaSalle Boys & Girls Club (Montreal)
Le Boulot vers… (Montreal)
Les Amis du Jardin de Doris (Matane)
L'Itinéraire (Montreal)
Macadam Sud, Carrefour Jeunesse Longueuil Rive-Sud
Maison des Familles Rimouski-Neigette
Maison des Jeunes Beauce-Sartigan (Saint-Georges)
Paroisse Saint-Ambroise (Montreal)
Regroupement Jeunesse en marche (Montreal)
REVDEC (Montreal)
Société Saint-Vincent de Paul de Montréal
Toujours Ensemble (Montreal)
Nova Scotia
YMCA Cap Breton (Sidney)
Newfoundland and Labrador
Choices for Youth (St. John's)
Junior Achievement (St. John's)
Rotary Club of St-John's East Foundation

Reaching their full potential

Created in 1998, the RONA Foundation gives precedence to requests for assistance to finance initiatives that help young people achieve their full potential and access the job market. The Foundation supports anti-drop-out programs, training programs, job internships and employment programs for underprivileged youth. It also provides funding for scholarships that help disadvantaged youth finish their studies and learn a trade.

Since its creation, the RONA Foundation has distributed some $2.5 million to different youth-oriented charities that share the Foundation's mission. Thanks to the generosity of its many donors, the RONA Foundation has grown steadily, reviving hope for hundreds of young people across the country. To learn more, please go to .

About RONA

RONA is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products. RONA operates a network of nearly 700 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With close to 30,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 16 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network generates over $6 billion in annual retail sales.

Contact Information

  • RONA inc.
    Media: Daniel Richard
    Director, Corporate Communications
    and Director of the RONA Foundation
    514-599-5900, ext. 5751
    RONA inc.
    Financial Community: Stephane Milot
    Senior Director, Investor Relations