IN THE NEWS | CFCC IN ACTION
March 7, 2020 - CFCC volunteers and VIA Rail staff form a chain to load 38 boxes of laptops and SMART boards onto Train 75
To expand CFCC’s impact, CFCC partnered with Siemens Canada and Via Rail to collect laptops from Siemens offices across Ontario and Quebec, then donate them to Salvation Army and United Way Centraide.
The campaign kicked off on March 6, a few days before the novel coronavirus reached pandemic proportions. Siemens Canada’s Oakville employees refurbished 232 retired laptops, which Philip took aboard with him on Via Rail and distributed to United Way Windsor-Essex County, and Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope in London. SMART Technologies added 50 new SMART boards to the grand tour. He continued on to Kingston, Ontario a few days later.
Philip said, “It was a beautiful sight to see all of our corporate partners, and all of our volunteers, work together with such fierce determination to deliver this precious technology to people struggling with the burdens of the pandemic.”