2014-media-releases

Canada Dry Mott’s brings imagination to United Way-funded Journey Neighbourhood Centre

PEEL REGION (May 9, 2014) – With bright blue building blocks in hand, children in Brampton’s Ardglen neighbourhood are now able to let their imagination run wild with the Imagination Playground, generously donated by Canada Dry Mott’s. Today, the playground was unveiled at the United Way-funded Journey Neighbourhood Centre.

Built as a play system for unlocking a child’s creative spirit, the Imagination Playground will go a long way towards helping kids in the community be all they can be.

“In 2013, we ran one of the most successful United Way campaigns across North America.  When we received this playground from our parent company as a reward, we knew the United Way would also help us find it a good home,” said Andy Bayfield, Senior Vice President, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, responsible for Canada and International.  “The Journey is the perfect home for this innovative play structure, and we hope the kids here have hours of fun.”

The Journey Neighbourhood Centre recently received one of three United Way Strong Neighbourhoods Grants. The two-year $80,000 grant is focused on creating resident-led solutions for their neighbourhood, improved access to programs and services, and impactful collaboration between partners in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors.

“At United Way we believe that everyone, no matter where they live, deserves a chance at a good life,” says Shelley White, CEO of United Way of Peel Region. “Together with the resident champions and our United Way partners we are working to improve social conditions across our entire community. We thank Canada Dry Mott’s and The Journey Neighbourhood Centre for contributing in so many ways to a common cause of caring.”

The Journey will provide access to some much-needed services like a homework club for children, parenting education and support services, seniors drop in, community safety workshops and addiction support right in the neighbourhood. And thanks to Canada Dry Mott’s, it is now home to one of the most innovative and fun learning tools for children and youth.

“The support from United Way and Canada Dry Mott’s will really empower us to move forward in our work in the Ardglen neighbourhood,” said Jamie Holtom, Chair of the Journey Neighbourhood Centre. “We hope to work to bring positive change to this community and their contributions mean so much.”

About United Way of Peel Region
Established in 1967, United Way of Peel Region inspires people from all walks of life to come together to raise funds, volunteer and motivate policy and attitude changes that lead to the improvement of people’s quality of life in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. United Way’s community investment focus is to help individuals and families move from a life of poverty to one full of possibilities, to ensure all children have the opportunity to be all they can be, and to build healthy, strong communities. For more information on United Way’s work in the community visit: www.unitedwaypeel.org.

About Canada Dry Mott’s Inc.
Canada Dry Mott’s, is a leading beverage business marketing a wide range of soft drinks, juices, teas, mixers and other premium beverages throughout Canada. In addition to Mott’s Fruitsations, the company’s portfolio includes Mott’s Garden Cocktail, Canada Dry, Crush, Mott’s Clamato, Dr Pepper, Schweppes, and Orangina. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Dry Mott’s is a subsidiary of Dr Pepper Snapple (NYSE:DPS), one of the leading refreshment beverage businesses in North America.  For more information, please visit www.canadadrymotts.ca.

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Media contacts:

Doris Mohrhardt | United Way of Peel Region | Desk: 905-602-3624 | Cell: 416-420-9975 | dmohrhardt@unitedwaypeel.org | @unitedwaypeel

Alison Bing | Canada Dry Mott’s Inc. | Office: 905-755-3640 | Cell: 647-501-5810 | alison.bing@dpsg.com