Change that Makes Cents
With the last Canadian penny stamped in May, the drive is on for
local non-profits to cash in on the 'cents-less' currency.
Calgary Health Trust is joining in, encouraging everyone who
visits area hospitals and Carewest sites to donate as many pennies
as possible before the end of the year.
"Our goal is to raise one million pennies, or $10,000," said
Sally Flintoft, CEO Calgary Health Trust, "It is the easiest way to
give to health care in Calgary. Everyone has a jar, or pocket that
has a few pennies in it."
Starting June 15, units at Rockyview General Hospital, Peter
Lougheed Centre and Foothills Medical Centre will be collecting
pennies in jars in the units. Pennies can also be donated at any of
the Calgary Health Trust site offices during regular business hours
or in the incubators at each of the hospitals. Funds raised from
the campaign will be designated to staff education at each
The Federal government estimates there are $30 billion pennies
in circulation and, though the last one has been pressed, the Royal
Canadian Mint will be distributing them until around the beginning
"It may seem like small change," says Sally, "But it will make a
big difference to the staff, and ultimately the patients at each of