As part of the Mr. Lube Kid’s Drive, Mr. Lube Staff and Franchisee Partners rally to raise and donate over $100,000 for Mr. Lube Week at the Zajac Ranch over past three years
Vancouver, BC – August 15, 2012 - Mr. Lube, Canada’s leading quick lube provider, is proud to announce its recent third annual Mr. Lube Week at the Zajac Ranch reached a milestone of care by hitting the $100,000 mark for donations, furthering the company’s commitment to strengthening communities coast-to-coast through proactive children’s health and welfare programs. Since its inception in 2010, the funds have gone directly to support the Zajac Ranch’s programs, additional staff, travel and accommodations.
This year’s Mr. Lube Week, held between August 6th and 10th at the 40-acre Zajac Ranch, brought together over 40 children with life-threatening illnesses and chronic disabilities from across Canada. The camp also offered a much needed respite to over-stretched caregivers, who were able to rest at night knowing their children’s complex needs are being safely looked after by a team of trained medical staff.
“Mr. Lube Week at the Zajac Ranch is central to our culture as a company that aims to take good care of the families and communities in which we serve,” said Stuart Suls, President & CEO, Mr. Lube Canada. “Seeing the affect the week had on the children who attended only motivates us more to build and develop our partnership with the Zajac Ranch. I am very thankful for the generosity of our customers and the hard work of our franchisees for we have provided a group of deserving kids with an experience that they’ll never forget.”
Mr. Lube always strives to play an active role in providing for and contributing towards community projects in its surrounding areas. As big believers in corporate social responsibility, the culture of giving something back can be seen across the entire network of Mr. Lube locations. This year, franchisees such as Matt Siepmann (Locations in Maple Ridge, BC and Windsor, ON); Garnett Brimacombe (Two locations in Kamloops and one in Victoria, BC); and the Everest Group (Mr. Lube’s largest Franchisee Group with six locations in the Lower Mainland; eight in the Greater Toronto Area; two in Windsor, ON; and six in Quebec) joined in the excitement and played with the children at the camp.
"Mr. Lube is an important partner for the Zajac Ranch,” said Carmen Zajac, President, The Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation. "Their generosity to date and commitment of ongoing support has played a critical role in creating new opportunities and shared experiences for the children who come to the camp.”
Mr. Lube Week at the Zajac Ranch is just one important part of the Mr. Lube Kid’s Drive, a national charitable program which also supports children’s welfare initiatives across the country. Since it was set up, the initiative has raised close to $1,000,000, with every cent going towards improving the lives of children who need it most.
Media are invited to speak with members of the Mr. Lube corporate team, individual franchisees, camp organizers and the families and children who benefit from the experience.
To download images from the day, please go to the dropbox folder:
1. Maple Ridge Owner - Matt Siepmann (left) with children: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/11096193/Mr.%20Lube_Camp%20Zajac%202012/Images/Mr.%20Lube_Zajac_Matt%20Siepmann.JPG
2. Mr. Lube Staff face painting with children: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/11096193/Mr.%20Lube_Camp%20Zajac%202012/Images/Mr.%20Lube_Zajac_Facepaint.JPG
About Mr. Lube Canada
Mr. Lube Canada (“MLC”) is Canada's leading quick lube provider in the routine automotive maintenance sector. The company was founded in 1976 by the Giese family in Edmonton, pioneering a category of automotive servicing that focused on convenience and no appointment necessary. With 117 locations across the country, Mr. Lube is operated by a national network of franchisees. The company has celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2011, having served over 35 million cars in its 35 year history. Headquartered in Delta, BC, the company also has a regional office in Mississauga, Ontario to support its national franchise network.
In 2002, Mr. Lube Canada founded the Mr. Lube Foundation to support its corporate goals of giving back to the community. It was the company’s belief that supporting those in need in the communities in which they operated was vital to the success of the organization. Today, the Foundation has donated over $4.0 million dollars to national and local charities across the country. For more information about the company, please visit www.mrlube.com.
About Zajac Ranch for Children
Zajac Ranch for Children is a camp for children with serious and chronic illnesses and disabilities. Set on the shores of Stave Lake in Mission, BC, Zajac Ranch for Children welcomes children who are turned away from other camps because of their physical, developmental and behavioural challenges and offers them opportunities to have fun make new friends and try new things, in a safe inclusive environment.
Since 2004, Zajac Ranch for Children has provided life-changing experiences for thousands of children with a wide variety of serious illnesses and medical conditions, as well as hosted an additional 11,000 underprivileged youth at camps during the rest of the year. For more information visit http://www.zajacranch.com.
For more information or to attend Mr. Lube day, please contact:
Director, Corporate Communications
Mr. Lube Canada
Phone: 604 418 4755
The Mel Jr. and Marty Zajac Foundation
Zajac Ranch for Children
Phone: 604 739 0444