Car2go chips in $20,000 for Canuck Place Children's Hospice

At 11 o'clock Wednesday morning, car2go donated a whopping $20,000 to Canuck Place Children's Hospice, North America's first and longest-standing children's hospice, on behalf of its 10,000 members who registered with B.C.'s fastest-growing carsharing company in 2011.

Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go Canada, Katie Stafford,
communications manager of car2go Canada, and the car2go Vancouver team took a trip in their "car2gos" to Canuck Place to make the donation.

"We took a tour of the building, learned about the history of the organization, and saw first-hand the vital services they provide to the community. It was a very special day for all of us," Stafford said in an email.

Canuck Place offers "comprehensive care" to more than 400 children with life-threatening illnesses and their families throughout B.C., according to a press release sent to us by Stafford.

It proves "world-class health care in a home-like environment, with comfortable surroundings, personalized programs, and more than 100 staff and volunteers."

“car2go is very proud to support the vital services of the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in our community,” Nicholas Cole, President and CEO of car2go Canada, said in a press release.

car2go opened its doors in Gastown in June 2011. In less than six-months, it included more than 10,000 registered members. Since opening, car2go Vancouver members have taken more than 100,000 trips with car2go, collectively.

"We truly appreciate the reception we have received in Vancouver, and we are so honored to be able to make this donation to such an incredible organization, on behalf of our members," Stafford said.

“We are so grateful for the generosity and support of car2go and its members,” Filomena Nalewajek, CEO of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, said. “This gift will provide comfort and care to our children and families at a time when they need it most."

car2go members can use the vehicle without an advanced reservation, and without having to commit to a return time or location. Members pay by the minute, and only for the time they use the vehicle. There are discounted rates for hourly and daily use. Parking, fuel, maintenance and insurance are included at no additional cost.

Each car2go member in Vancouver is charged a mandatory $2-annual ICBC fee for carsharing, which car2go then puts into a charitable fund and presents to a non-profit organization each year.

The second-installment of the annual donation will be presented to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in June 2012, and will include $2 for each new member who registers by June 18, 2012.

From now through December 21, 2011, all new members will receive 30 free minutes of driving time, and the one-time $35 membership fee will be waived. For details of the promotion, go here.

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