Trying to finish school, and coping with having a young daughter, Elizabeth didn’t know how she’d accomplish anything. Not even how to get to class. Then friends turned her on to Terra School, and after that Donate-a-Ride.
“I know realize there are people and programs out there that support me and really genuinely want me to succeed,” she told the wrap up ceremony at City Hall. “One of those programs is Donate-a-ride.”
The only city run registered charity that supplies Edmonton Transit tickets to individuals in need, Donate-a-Ride raised just over $225,000. Coun. Dave Loken, said it is the second best ever fund raising total. “At a time when the city’s very challenged with economic times, once again Edmontonians and their great generous spirit stepped up and support Donate-a-ride. We’re very happy about that.”
It fell just shy over last year’s $242,000 which supplied over 101,000 ETS tickets. As it heads into its third decade, Donate-a-Ride has distributed 1.3 million trips, valued at over $2.5 million.
“There are other agencies that I know, that are suffering. I know that charitable donations are down a little bit everywhere, But we’re pretty close to where we were last year, so that’s fantastic,” Loken said.
Elizabeth will graduate in June, and looks forward to post-secondary school. “It feels really good to know that people care about me and my daughter and they understand how important it is for me to get to school and to complete my education.”