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Americas 2014 review

Starting with our largest office in Atlanta, once again the Junior Achievement organization received some help from SITA volunteers at two life and work simulation events for young people held in May. In July, 20 SITA Atlanta volunteers took part in the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch program – collecting over US$2,100 in donations to prepare packed lunches for distribution to children in Cobb County, Georgia who normally benefit from school lunches.

Directors and managers at the Atlanta Data Center took the ALS ice bucket challenge in September, collecting US$400 toward this popular international cause. Also in September 25 SITA Atlanta employees, family and friends participated in the Kaiser 5K Run/Walk, a fitness program designed to promote health and wellness at companies, with proceeds benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Back on My Feet homelessness charity and the Atlanta Braves Foundation. Every year SITA participates in the PGA golf championship in Atlanta to raise funds for the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, serving food and drinks to spectators and in 2014 earning a total of US$13,480 for the center. In October, 24 employees challenged each other and raised an impressive US$1,100 at SITA Atlanta’s second annual paintball event in support of Pets for Vets, an organization which unites veterans with shelter animal companions.

In honor of International Women’s Day in early March, our Montreal and Vancouver offices held bake sale events which raised a combined total of US$750 and also collected donations of clothing, shoes, accessories to support local women’s organizations. In September, the bakers and makers in our Montreal offices reunited for another bake sale – raising US$575 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In August, one of our Montreal employees did some fearless fundraising, collecting US$900 for the Quebec Society for Disabled Children and taking on the Drop Zone challenge: a rappel down a 21-storey building. Later in the year the Montreal office held a Centraide/United Way charity pledge drive and raised a total of US$6,850 through a raffle, one-time donations and payroll pledges. This is the 14th year running that SITA Montreal has campaigned for Centraide, raising over US$100,000 in total since 2001.

In Sao Paulo, SITA staff rallied to raise almost US$500 to buy Easter treats, winter clothes, toys, blankets and other needed items for children at the local Lar Vinicius foster home – putting smiles on the faces of young children along the way. In the run-up to the US Thanksgiving holiday, the SITA team from Islip, New York, organized a food drive for the local food pantry at St. John Nepomucene Church, providing more than 165 families with a food box for the holidays. And during the Christmas period, volunteers from SITA Dallas spent their 4th consecutive year serving the community by wrapping and sorting gifts for the residents at the Denton State Supported Living Center.

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