(New Westminster, BC) May 5, 2014 — Donald’s Market and River Market are pleased to announce this year’s ONE Prize winners; a community fund created just for New West.
Thanks to all ONE members — customers who sign up and use their ONE keytag when they shop at Donald’s Market — New Westminster will get three homegrown community projects this year. When ONE members shop at Donald’s, the grocery store contributes 1% of every dollar they spend to the community fund. This year, the fund has grown to $6,000 in prize money. “It’s a simple and powerful idea,” says Donald’s Market general manager Eric Siu. “Alone, 1% of a grocery bill does little, but when pooled with your neighbours’ 1%, it can support local projects that contribute to the place where we all live and work.”
This year, 19 outstanding projects were submitted to ONE Prize. A jury narrowed the field, and over the past two weeks, ONE members voted for the winners.
This year, three projects will be awarded $2000 each. Hammer and Saw: Youth Building Community is an organization, founded by two technical education teachers, that are committed to empowering youth through skills training and community engagement. Ten New Westminster youth will design and build a project that they identify as a community need. Seniors Out N’ About is a program by the Seniors Services Society that prevents senior isolation in our community through organized outings. Seniors to the Market Shuttle Program, proposed by the Royal City Farmers Market, will provide seniors door to door services to the Farmer’s Market to engage with local farmers and to shop for local produce.
“This year we reserved one of the three prizes for a project that encourages greater social inclusion and community engagement for seniors.” said River Market’s ONE project lead Leslie Shieh. “It was great to see that two projects that sought to strengthen senior’s inclusivity were among the top three projects chosen by ONE members. We would like to thank and congratulate all the applicants for their ideas to benefit our city’s livability.”
To contribute to the ONE Prize fund, shoppers can sign up and get their keytag through a Donald’s Market cashier at River Market. Members also benefit from ONE Perks: discounts at River Market restaurants, shops, schools and businesses. Get more information at http://rivermarket.ca/about/one.
About River Market at Westminster Quay
Food and fun come together every day at River Market, where the hungry and curious gather to eat, shop, and play. First opened in 1985 as Westminster Quay Public Market, the 72,000-square-foot marketplace on the Fraser River underwent a food-led revitalization in 2008 to become a hub for community life. Today, it showcases 20 of B.C.’s best independent shops and restaurants all under one roof. Find out more at rivermarket.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Leslie Shieh, River Market at Westminster Quay
T: 604.520.3881/E: firstname.lastname@example.org