At the Meals That Mend: Lakeland Holiday Edition, we announced the Lakeland Fuel Program. For many of Alberta’s northern communities travel is an obstacle for families with seriously ill or injured children. When possible through donated gas cards in the regional areas of Grande Prairie and Cold Lake, RMHCNA was able to provide some families with assistance to get back to Edmonton.

Recognizing a bigger and bigger demand, Cenovus Energy Inc. stood up to make sure the program was sustainable and more families would be able to get to Edmonton for treatment.

“It makes us happy to know that we are contributing to the well-being of families from around Alberta while an ill child is receiving treatment, which of course is a very difficult and stressful time,” says Leanne Courchesne, Group Lead of Community Investment for Cenovus Energy Inc. “Cenovus staff have also volunteered their time as part of a commitment made to support the Ronald McDonald House organization with more than just money. We want the communities where we live and operate to be better off because Cenovus is there.”

The RMHCNA Lakeland Fuel Program will be able to provide $100 fuel cards to families in need of travel for further medical appointments. Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton or at one of their hotel partners will be eligible to access these cards.