To close out the #ChairShare campaign in celebration of Sobeys’ 110th anniversary and Canada’s 150th, 83 Sobeys stores across Atlantic Canada held a Chair’ity auction to find new homes for the signature Canada-red oversized Adirondack chairs and to raise funds for local organizations.
“Our #ChairShare campaign was all about our communities - from the sourcing of the chairs, the smiles on customers’ faces in our stores, and now the incredible funds raised for local charities,” said Paul MacLeod, vice-president, Atlantic Store Operations, Sobeys Inc.
The Big Red Chairs were built by five social enterprises across Nova Scotia that employ adults with disabilities:
· CACL Community Workshop, Antigonish
· Corridor Community Options, Enfield
· Penny Lane Enterprises, Milton
· Haley Street Adult Services Centre Society, North Sydney
· New Boundaries, Windsor
Organizations that will benefit from the Chair’ity Auction include the five social enterprises as well as Special Olympics groups, community children’s organizations and local mental health centres.
“It meant a lot to us to be asked by Sobeys to produce the chairs and now to be a recipient of the funds raised. It’s been a fun project from start to finish,” said Jeff Teasdale, Executive Director of CACL Community Workshop, Antigonish.