PLCAC “Give Back” Fundraiser Exceeds CSC $250,000 Goal
The PLCAC is pleased to announce that the Crisis Services Canada (CSC) challenge to raise $250,000 was exceeded by 20% with donations totaling over $300,000! Matthew Little, CFO for CSC was quick to offer his appreciation saying “the CSC team is beyond thrilled to have this substantial support. This will go a long way to support thousands of help seekers! It is hard to put it all in words, the gratitude that we have.”
An average of 10 people die by suicide in Canada every day. And, every suicide affects over 100 people and puts those who are deeply affected at higher risk for suicide themselves. The COVID-19 pandemic and recent civil unrest have only increased the stress and anxiety for all Canadians. Since the pandemic began, CSPS saw an increase of over 60% in the number of active rescues and expect that number to increase as the cumulative impacts of the pandemic are felt.
To assist with these growing needs CSC is adding five emergency back-up hub responders for the Canadian Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) hot line which will operate 24/7/365. It takes over five people to keep one responder seat active at a minimum cost of $250,000 per year, and that one “seat” can support up to 25,000 users annually.
The pipeline construction industry does not go unscathed as suicide is the third leading cause of death among middle-aged men between the ages of 30-44 and the demographic most likely to die by suicide.
Thank you to all of our pipeline friends and family who helped us meet the challenge and exceed this important goal. A special thanks to our labour partners LiUNA, Operating Engineers, United Association and Teamsters Canada for their unwavering support for this cause.