From the Oakville Beaver, June 2008:
Oakville United Taxicab Drivers Aid Blood Drive
Oakville United Taxicab Ltd drivers have pledged to have the pedal to the metal in their drive to donate blood and help local patients after taking up a challenge from Canadian Blood Services to donate blood during the inaugural Partners for Life (PFL) corporate challenge, which started on May 1.
With a yearly goal of 50 units, 20 drivers will lead off the taxi drive for blood at Town of Oakville on Friday.
Oakville United Taxicab Ltd drivers, along with other hundreds of corporate and business teams across Central Ontario, are rolling up sleeves and becoming 'corporate heroes' to thousands by donating blood together. The PFL corporate challenge runs from May 1 to June 30 and hopes to raise 1,500 units of blood.
“Canadian Blood Services is thrilled our ‘taxi driving heroes’ are augmenting blood supply levels as we move into summer,” says Karolina Remplakowski, Community Development Coordinator, Canadian Blood Services. "Every year, with the arrival of warm weather, more donors miss appointments or don't book their next regular appointment due to other activities. In May and June last year, close to one out of five, or over 9,500, appointments to give blood were missed in Central Ontario blood donor clinics. Last summer, we experienced very low blood supply levels."
Miroslav El-Bassyouny, manager of Oakville United Taxicab Ltd says "We decided to join the Partner for Life corporate challenge because many of us know a family member or friend who has needed blood. By donating blood together, we can impact many more patients needing help. As a team, we are helping to insure blood is there when it is needed to save someone's life."
Partners for Life is a standard national program designed to encourage organizations to make an annual commitment to the blood system. Partner organizations and members interested in joining the program can now register online at www.blood.ca.
From the Oakville Beaver, March 2008
Taxi Company Helps Police Nab Suspects
Halton police made use of Oakville United Taxicab Ltd to ensnare two stranded suspects shortly after a Tuesday convenience store robbery.
Police said that at around 9:45 p.m., two young men entered the Heritage Corner Convenience Store, 1500 Heritage Way, and demanded money from the lone clerk.
One of the men was armed with a large knife.
During the robbery, the telephone rang and the clerk answered it, informing the caller that he could not talk at the moment.
The caller heard the commotion that was going on in the background and, recognizing that something was wrong, called police.
Halton police, along with a canine officer from the Hamilton Police Service, responded shortly thereafter, but found that the suspects had fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police alerted the local taxi companies that a robbery had taken place in that area and were informed that a cab had actually just been dispatched to a location on Grand Oak Trail, not far from the robbery. The taxi company added that the caller sounded out of breath.
The two officers then arranged to meet the taxi driver, who let the officers commandeer his cab. The officers then drove the cab to the Grand Oak Trail pick up location.
When the suspects approached the taxi, the officers arrested them.
The canine officer allegedly found evidence of the robbery on the two men, including a knife. Daniel Clapham, 18, of no fixed address and Oskar Balaban of Burlington have both been charged with one count of robbery and one count of wearing a disguise.
The clerk in the convenience store was not harmed during the robbery.
The Halton Regional Police Service is continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with information should call the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777, ext. 2215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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