The RCMP Foundation supports programs that help youth make responsible decisions and have once again supported the P.A.R.T.Y. Program on Central Vancouver Island by donating $1,000 to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. The RCMP Foundation has donated $13,000 to Central and North Island P.A.R.T.Y. Programs since they began in 2004. Corporal Dave Cusson of the RCMP Drugs and Organized Crime Awareness Service said the RCMP Foundation supports this cause “because of the strong partnership between the RCMP and the P.A.R.T.Y. program.” The RCMP drug prevention strategy is specifically focused on providing drug prevention education for ages K to 12. This strategy involves Community based participation and P.A.R.T.Y. is a prime example where grade 10 students receive this valuable education. Hospital Foundation President, Maeve O’Byrne, expressed her gratitude for the RCMP Foundation’s consistent support, “they prove their commitment to our youth by making sure these Programs exist and continue; not only are they donating financially, but RCMP Members are presenters at P.A.R.T.Y.; it is a very inclusive commitment.”
Island Health provides the venue and trauma staff that delivers the P.A.R.T.Y. Program and the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation raises funds to pay for tow trucks for the car wreck, student snacks, volunteers, and tee shirts. P.A.R.T.Y. is also supported by Drivewise, Pacific Steel Recycling, Save-On-Foods, and the Rotary Club of Nanaimo Daybreak.