Rexall re-energizes charity fundraiser

Trying to outdo themselves, the staff of Ponoka’s Rexall Pharmacy, along with the community, threw their efforts into another Rexall

Trying to outdo themselves, the staff of Ponoka’s Rexall Pharmacy, along with the community, threw their efforts into another Rexall Foundation Day fundraiser, Aug. 21.

“We’re trying to do more than we’ve done in the past,” said manager Sherry McKinnon.

The event included a chili lunch for $5, gift bags and large gift baskets given away in a donation draw. “Every cent we collect from those bags goes to the Rexall Foundation,” said McKinnon.

This year there was also a bottle drive to help increase the proceeds from the day.

The Rexall Foundation has being fundraising for more than a decade but has revamped their efforts for those in need. “We started really going hard for the fundraising five years ago,” said McKinnon.

The Rexall Foundation is also hosting a competition between the stores and will match the proceeds of the store that raised the most.

If Ponoka’s Rexall is able to meet their $15,000 goal the store will be given additional bonuses to give back to charities within the community, says employee Shawney Wiancko.

The organization was created in 2002 and since then has increased Rexall’s support in the communities they serve was well as contributing to several charities, including the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canadian Cancer Society the Canadian Red Cross and hospitals across the country.