Boucherville, July 4, 2014 – As part of its golf tournament, Uni-Select, a major automotive aftermarket product distributor with activities across North America, is proud to have raised $115,000 for the Mira Foundation. This annual event took place on July 2 at the Golf Club La Vallée du Richelieu and was again huge success thanks to the contribution and generosity of its main sponsors, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Total Canada and RBC Capital Markets, as well as the participation of its business partners and 170 golfers.
"It is with great pride that we rallied our business partners to support the activities of the Mira Foundation. For 7 years now, we have been collaborating with the Foundation to develop the dog assistance program for children with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder). We are pleased to contribute to the well-being of children," said Denis Mathieu, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer of Uni-Select and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Mira Foundation.
"The support of Uni-Select and its partners enables us to continue our mission and make a real difference in people's lives," said Nicolas St-Pierre, Assistant General Manager and Chief Instructor of the Mira Foundation. "Every year, we are impressed by Uni-Select’s involvement and its team's ability to raise such significant amounts to help us maintain our activities."
The Mira Foundation offers, among other services, the opportunity for families of children with Autism spectrum disorder to benefit from the services of an assistance dog. The implementation of this program follows several years of extensive research of these dogs within families.
Founded in 1968, Uni-Select is a major distributor of replacement parts, equipment, tools, accessories, paint and related products for motor vehicles in North America. Leader in the Canadian industry, Uni-Select is the 5th largest distributor and the leading independent distributor of automotive paint and related products in North America. With its 5,500 employees, Uni-Select efficiently services a wide network of independent installers and wholesalers, including over 6,600 which operate under one of its banner programs in North America. Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville, QC and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.
About the Mira Foundation
The MIRA Foundation is totally dedicated to helping disabled individuals by teaming them with dogs bred and fully trained to respond to their adaptation and rehabilitation needs. All of MIRA’s services are made available free of charge to individuals with one or many visual or motor disabilities, and to children presenting Pervasive Development Disorders such as autism.
Each year, approximately 180 new handicapped people are helped, and follow-up services are provided to the users of more than 800 dogs already in service. Mira has provided over 2,000 guide dogs and service dogs since its creation in 1981. Each dog represents an investment of $30,000 and is given free of charge. The Mira Foundation is a non-profit organization employing 83 people. Receiving no government funding, its annual financing depends entirely on fundraising events organized by thousands of volunteers and generous donors.
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