Thursday, August 25, 2016 - Grimsby, ON
A generous donation from the Just Energy Foundation has helped the Grimsby Auxiliary Marine Rescue Unit purchase vital new navigation equipment.
The $2,500 donation was announced in late July and the cheque was presented on August 22, 2016.
GAMRU's volunteers have a new GPS navigation and chart-plotting system thanks to the donation.
"Our equipment is in constant need of renewal," explains GAMRU Unit Leader Bob Gordon. "Both of our rescue vessels have been used extensively this year and our work takes a heavy toll on equipment. The Just Energy Foundation donation came at a terrific time for us and has enabled GAMRU to maintain a high standard of readiness."
The volunteer members of GAMRU have already been called out more times so far this boating season than they were all of last year.
"We are delighted to help support the rescue work of GAMRU through this contribution" says Amy Gasca, Executive Director of the Just Energy Foundation. "We are committed to the communities in which we operate and the Foundation is our way to contribute to their well-being. Comprised of volunteers, and most operating costs supported by volunteer contributions, we are happy to help GAMRU secure vital equipment needed in their service to the community."
Founded in 1988, GAMRU is the only dedicated marine search and rescue organization on the south shore of Lake Ontario from Hamilton to Port Weller. More than 30 active volunteers maintain fully-equipped rescue vessels and train year-round to ensure the skills and readiness to be effective on the water. GAMRU is a member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.
About Just Energy Foundation
The Just Energy Foundation was established in 2013 by Just Energy Group Inc. to help registered Canadian and U.S. charitable organizations secure the resources required to promote the health and well-being of communities in need. Funded entirely by Just Energy, the Foundation invests in local programs that work to enhance the quality of life in Just Energy's operating markets towards building stronger and supportive communities. Visit justenergyfoundation.com to learn more.
Doug Mepham, GAMRU
Just Energy Foundation