Red River Co-op donated $50,678 to the Bear Clan Patrol Inc, thanks to Red River Co-op members and customers who filled their gas tanks on Fuel Good Day on September 15, 2020. Fuel Good Day is an annual event where Red River Co-op pledges to donate five cents of every litre of fuel sold that day to local charities. Red River Co-op also donated one dollar of every Co-operative Coffee and Big Cool sale on Fuel Good Day.

“We thank our members and customers for participating this Fuel Good Day, which allowed us to make a significant contribution to the Bear Clan so they can continue their important work in our community,” said Doug Wiebe, CEO of Red River Co-op.

The Bear Clan is a community-based solution to crime prevention, organizing five patrol chapters across Winnipeg. They serve food hampers weekly to families and individuals in need, and operate a walk-up “grocery store” where community members can take the food that they need.

“This donation will go a long way to ensure the continuation of service provided to our communities,” said Kevin Walker, Director of the Bear Clan Patrol. “It will help with patrol equipment and day to day operations of our organization. This donation will also assist in providing food security by barrier-free drop-in and delivery.”

In addition, $5,000 was donated to Feed The Furbabies Canada – a Manitoban animal welfare non-profit. The donation will help assist with spay and neuter clinics currently facing challenges due to COVID-19.

“Feed The Furbabies Canada was extremely thankful for the opportunity to work with Red River Co-op for Fuel Good Day,” said Kareena Grywinski, Director of Feed the Furbabies Canada. “The impact will be felt in the communities we assist. Vet care is not always accessible in rural communities. We give hope to community members that truly care for their animals.”