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News   July 25, 2012   by Auto Service World

Uni-Select Raises More than $100,000 to Aid Autistic Children

Uni-Select, in partnership with National Bank and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, announced that more than $100,000 raised as part of its annual golf tournament was awarded to the Mira Foundation.

A sum of $101,650 was granted to aid the foundation, which provides helper dogs to children with Pervasive Developement Disorder, part of the autism spectrum.

Assistant general manager and chief instructor of the Mira Foundation, Nicolas St-Pierre, accepted the cheque on behalf of the organization.

“I did not expect such an amount,” said St-Pierre. “Support from companies such as Uni-Select ensures the sustainability of our activities. This important donation will enable the foundation to continue developing its dog assistance program for children with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder), among other things.”

Uni-Select, a Quebec-based auto parts distributor operating throughout North America, has attracted more than 200 golfers at The Vallée du Richelieu Golf Club. This event, which allows Uni-Select’s management to thank its members, customers and business partners, also serves as an opportunity to support organizations working within the community.

“Uni-Select has been supporting the Foundation for some years in both Canada and the United ftates. We are very pleased to have exceeded our goal this year and to grant them the biggest donation yet accumulated during our tournament.” said Denis Mathieu, vice president and CFO of Uni-Select.

Since 2010, the Mira Foundation has been offering the opportunity for families of children with Autism spectrum disorder to benefit from the services of an assistance dog. The implementation of this program follows several years of extensive research of these dogs within families.