SAINT JOHN, July 6, 2011 — Future Focus Foundation, the charitable organization founded by technology company T4G Limited, is spearheading the “Stride for Success” portion of the Run Through History-Celebration of Green Space endeavour at the Lily Lake Pavilion this Saturday.This is the second year of a three-year plan for Stride for Success to raise money for building recreation trails at Portage Atlantic’s Cassidy Lake treatment facility for young people overcoming substance abuse.
“Portage Atlantic does fantastic work and we’re committed to helping build and enhance what is already in place at Cassidy Lake,” says David Baxter, a T4G Principal Consultant and the company’s co-captain of its relay team.
The goal is to raise $60,000 for Portage’s Atlantic Recovery Trail Project by expanding Cassidy Lake’s 3.8 kilometre path to include wheelchair accessibility and provide a safe and picturesque route for walking, running, biking and snowshoeing. The project will provide for the purchase of new recreational equipment to be used on the trail, including mountain bikes and snowshoes.
Portage provides support to young people in Atlantic Canada who are working to overcome substance dependance and outdoor physical activity provides an abundance of positive outcomes.
“We are thrilled with the corporate support for this fun competition. At the end of the day, it’s all about helping Portage help our youth and we’ll have some exciting announcements Saturday, regardless who wins the race,” Baxter adds.
Each team is encouraged to raise a minimum of $2,000 that will go towards Portage’s Atlantic Recovery Trail Project. Each member of each relay team will walk or run the ”2.5 Miler” course at the Lily Lake Pavilion.
Founded in late 2005 by T4G and its employees, Future Focus has raised more than $1 million and channelled those funds to organizations that help children succeed in life, including Portage Atlantic.
Portage is an internationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to addressing the serious problem of substance abuse. Portage has an exceptional track record in its treatment centres in New Brunswick (Cassidy Lake), Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
Created in 1970 by a group of concerned Montreal citizens, the Portage Program is acclaimed for its approach in developing personal competencies as a reliable means to influence behaviour and to prevent relapse. Individual treatment plans are developed in collaboration with the client in order to provide a framework of objectives to facilitate the client’s progress. It is Portage’s goal to return persons with addictions to society as drug-free and crime-free individuals.
Every Canadian community has been challenged throughout most of the last 50 years by the problem of substance abuse. It has become one of the most urgent social issues of our day. The payback from an investment in prevention and treatment programs is large. Every dollar invested in addiction treatment can provide a return to society of $12 through reductions in drug-related crime, criminal justice costs and public health care expenses.
About Future Focus Foundation
The foundation is a registered charity that was formed in 2005 as a fundraising vehicle to channel money to exceptional organizations that help children. Its core belief is that every child deserves a chance to succeed, regardless of whatever challenges and hurdles may be on life’s road. At Future Focus, we believe that helping the individual find success ultimately creates collective success in our communities.