The maker of Toronto’s City Services Benefit Card has pledged $250,000 to provide computers and Internet time for children of low-income families.
SelectCore Ltd. CEO Keith McKenzie presented the donation for the kids@computers Scholarship Project Thursday to Scarborough Councillor Michael Thompson, the city’s economic development committee chair.
“Since its inception, the kids@computers Scholarship Project has distributed almost 18,000 home computers to nearly 45,000 children,” Thompson said in a release. “SelectCore’s generous donation will allow this exceptional program to continue its great work well into the future.”
An 11-year-old scholarship recipient, Tonya Ofori, said she loved the computer and Internet access the program has given her for a year.
“I’m excited to be able to do all of my assignments at home now and do research on the Internet,” she said.
The company’s donation, which Toronto council must confirm, is for a $20,000 lump sum and $230,000 in Internet service over three years. More on the program and how to apply is at www.kidsatcomputers.ca