By Sarah Seeley
Sept. 19, 2014
Rain showers couldn’t stop the launch of the Fill the Bus Friday campaign.
T3 Transit kicked off the campaign at the bus shelter outside the Charlottetown Mall on Sept. 19.
The company is working with the Heart and Stroke Foundation to raise money for the Strike Back at Stroke campaign. As part of the launch, the Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford have challenged the federal and provincial governments to see which level of government can get the most employees riding the bus on the day of the launch.
Coloured tickets for government employees were used on the day of the challenge to track the riders.
T3 Transit will donate fare proceeds to the Heart and Stroke Foundation for every passenger riding the bus on Fridays from Sept.19 until the end of November.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in P.E.I. and a major cause of adult disability, said Heart and Stroke Foundation representative Matthew Bradley.
“At any one time in the province there are approximately 800 people who are living with the effects of stroke. We have come a long way in P.E.I. and Canada in reducing the incidents of stroke and improving the chances of those who experience a stroke to make a full recovery.”
Mike Casssidy, the owner of T3 Transit, talked about the importance of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
“It’s wonderful to have a charitable organization close to many of us here when it comes to health. We just want to be able to help Heart and Stroke and if we can have a little bit of fun to fill the bus, we can raise some funds for this organization.”