With fires burning for over a month and the destruction of over 2000 homes, the residents of the Fort Mac region of Alberta, Canada have a huge task ahead to rebuild. Polaris is lending a helping hand through a financial commitment and more importantly with much needed equipment to help in the recovery effort. Polaris is sending five Rangers and generators to be used in the clean up and rebuilding. As avid enthusiast we all know how helpful those Ranger vehicles will be and as a Canadian publication we tip our helmets to the staff over at Big P for the gracious gesture. If you’re interested in helping those in need in the Fort Mac area you can also click on the link at the end of the offical word from Polaris below to make a donation.
Minneapolis, May 31, 2016 – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, today announced the company has donated $10,000, through the Canadian Red Cross, plus the use of five Polaris RANGER® utility vehicles and Polaris Generators to help with the recovery efforts from the Fort McMurray massive wildfires.
“It was important to us to help the communities of Alberta and the Fort McMurray – where many Polaris riders live – to rebuild after the devastating fires,” said Norm Sukkau, Polaris Canadian General Sales Manager. “Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by the fires – including Four Season Power Sports, one of our locally owned dealerships.”
Owned by Gene Ouellette and operated by his 15-member staff, Four Seasons Power Sports suffered catastrophic and total loss. Ouellette’s team is determined to come back stronger. “We are making plans to rebuild and are focused on renewing our support to the community that is our home,” said Gene Ouellette. “Every one of our staff is passionate about powersports and want to get back to work. We’re very appreciative to have such huge support from the Polaris family.”
As part of their donation, Polaris also is asking employees in Canada and the U.S., dealers and their vendor community to donate funds to the effort through the Canadian Red Cross Polaris Microsite. The Canadian Government will match every dollar raised by the Canadian Red Cross.