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YVR Community Demonstrates the True Value of a Penny

June 28, 2012

YVR collects enough pennies to fund 2,200 lunches for children in need this summer

Richmond, B.C. (June 28, 2012): Baggage scales were doing double duty today as Vancouver  Airport Authority weighed coins collected as part of its Final Boarding Call for Pennies fundraiser. In total, 518 kilograms of pennies were collected: enough to fund about 2,200 lunches for children in need this summer.

“Today we saw the power of a concerted effort made by the airport community,” said Anne Murray, VP of Community and Environmental Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority. “While a single penny may not hold much value, when combined with coins collected from across YVR’s Sea Island home, it can make a real difference in the lives of children in need in our community.” 

Since June 14, the YVR community – including airport passengers and employees from its 400+ businesses – have donated pennies to benefit Quest Food Exchange, a Vancouver-based, not-for-profit organization that helps those in need access affordable, healthy food. The money raised will be used to provide food vouchers to families to shop in Quest’s three not-for-profit grocery markets.

“The summer can be a difficult time for families whose children rely on lunch programs during the school year,” says Elizabeth Crudgington, Executive Director, Quest Food Exchange. “Funds raised through YVR’s penny drive will be put to good use in helping to bridge the gap for families that are struggling financially.”

Coins donated were tallied at a public copper-coin celebration, which included a weigh-in, penny-themed games and penny candies.

Vancouver Airport Authority is the Official Transportation Sponsor of Quest and has donated  $100,000 to the non-profit organization as part of a unique two-year partnership that has also served to facilitate key relationships between Quest and YVR employees, partners, tenants and travellers. To date, these partnerships have resulted in cash donations of more than $120,000 and food donations worth more than $125,000

About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR served approximately 17 million passengers in 2011 and handled more than 258,000 aircraft landings and take-offs on its runways. Sixty-three airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to more than 100 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. The Airport Authority is committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor.


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YVR Media Relations
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