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Tony Pregal Races for Raven Supply and Room to Read

Since 2017, Raven Supply has been sponsoring race car driver Tony Pregal, who races car #99 in the Sports Car Club of British Columbia (SCCBC). In 2019, Tony ranked first in his class in the Grand Touring Modified Under 4.0, and third in the overall SCCBC Club Championship standings.

Tony races at the Mission Raceway Park road course, which the SCCBC calls home, in a very special car. A Hurricane Katrina rescue, his BMW300i traveled all the way to British Columbia, where it was stripped and transformed into a race car.

Today, this rescued car proudly sports the logos of both Raven Supply and Room to Read, the literacy non-profit we support with the generous help of our vendors. For every discount we receive from a vendor, we match the amount with a donation to Room to Read. Our fundraising goal this year is $30,000 to send 50 girls in Vietnam to school for a year. Tony also supports Raven’s Room to Read projects.

Tony Pregal's BMW300i sponsorship decals

Room to Read creates world change by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Over 18 million children and counting have benefited from Room to Read’s achievements, which include establishing libraries, publishing local language children’s books and running a Girls’ Education Program.

In addition to race car driver and literacy advocate, Tony is talented in more ways than one. Did you know he is also a certified technician for Fulton Boilers? Off the track, he is our go to person when we need technical support for our Fulton products.

Racer or technician, we are proud to be sponsoring Tony. Join us in cheering him on from the stands as he races to win and to support literacy!

Raven Supply Supports Frank Hurt Secondary through Adopt-a-School Program

Raven Supply donation to Frank Hurt Secondary School
Our 2020 donation to Frank Hurt Secondary School

Since 2015, Raven Supply has supported the Frank Hurt Secondary School through the Adopt-a-School program, an initiative of The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund. One of Surrey’s inner city schools, Frank Hurt Secondary has a large population of students with need for financial assistance.

We provide $5,500 in funding per year for the school to spend wherever they see a need. Whether it’s buying prescription eyeglasses, lunch for hungry students or paying sports fees, this critical funding is encouraging youth-at-risk to keep going to class and stay in school.

We are always glad to learn of students whom have benefited from the program, such as one Grade 10 student whose confidence was visibly higher after just one afternoon. This student wanted to find a job to help his single mother but didn’t have the proper interview attire. With the emergency funds, he was able to purchase some new clothes, and with a few tips on interviewing well, he has proudly landed a job at a fast food restaurant.

This past winter, 15 food hampers including all the fixings for a holiday meal were purchased for the most vulnerable families. This was a relief to one Grade 9 student, whose mother’s long-term illness and a recent surgery has prevented her from gaining employment. This student works to get herself and her brother to school each day while keeping up with her studies. The hamper ensured there was food on the table for this family to enjoy the winter break.

Recently, we were asked if some of the funds could be spent on common items used by many students daily, such as new microwaves and a kettle for the cafeteria. We were, of course, happy to say yes.

These are only some examples of students benefiting from Raven Supply’s participation in the Adopt-a-School program, which is decreasing barriers to education in our local community and setting students on the path to success. To learn more about the Adopt-a-School initiative, visit vansunkidsfund.ca.

Patterson-Kelley Boilers and Direct-Fired Water Heaters are Now Available

We are happy to announce that Raven Supply is now the exclusive local distributor of Patterson-Kelley boilers and direct-fired water heaters within British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.

The Patterson-Kelley STORM boiler
Open cabinet view of the Patterson-Kelley STORM boiler.

With over 135 years of experience and supplying a wide range of industries ranging from healthcare to education and sports venues, Patterson-Kelley is a trusted manufacturer of reliable and high-efficiency commercial boilers and domestic water heaters.

You can now order P-K boilers and water heaters in sizes from 300,000 to 4,000,000 BTU/h, in both condensing and non-condensing designs. All models come with the P-K NURO® Touch-Screen Control, a user-friendly interface allowing for easy setting changes. Parts and annual preventative maintenance kits are in stock at our Surrey location.

Easy to install and designed to fit through the door, P-K commercial boilers are ideal for both new projects and retrofits. They’re highly efficient, low on greenhouse emissions and produce an excellent output, offering a great value for your investment.

Patterson-Kelley MACH boiler
Cast aluminum heat exchanger inside the Patterson-Kelley MACH boiler.

We have four models of P-K boilers available. The latest innovation is the P-K STORMTM, AHRI Certified at 97.1% thermal efficiency with 10:1 mechanical turndown capabilities. The most compact is the P-K MACH®, featuring a heat exchanger of cast aluminum, which is 7-13 times more thermally conductive and three times lighter than stainless steel alloys.

Also designed with space in mind, P-K water heaters can fit any building while operating at the same level as larger heaters. They can be serviced right where they stand, minimizing downtime. Lastly, the high efficiencies translate to lower fuel bills.

Patterson-Kelley HiDRA water heater
The Patterson-Kelley HiDRA water heater.

You can choose between three models of direct water heaters including the new P-K HiDRATM, the manufacturer’s first instantaneous fire tube water heater. It delivers hot water instantly and is equipped with a circulating pump for consistent heat output. As a testament to its durability, the P-K HiDRA is backed with a 15-year warranty.

Learn more on our website or pattersonkelley.com, and contact Raven Supply to order your new Patterson-Kelley commercial boiler or domestic water heater today. We’re pleased to share that all current models are eligible for FortisBC efficiency rebates. Orders are ready to ship within 10 working days.

A New Year and A New Opportunity for Global Literacy

Schoolgirls at a Room to Read project in Vietnam. Photo credit: Room to Read

The New Year is always a time for reflection and setting new goals. This year, for 2020, we are setting our sights on building on the momentum of years’ past and do even more to support Room to Read.

Room to Read is an international NGO that promotes literacy in the developing world. The organization’s multi-pronged approach includes opening up school libraries, providing teacher training, publishing in language children’s books, and running community-lead interventions designed to keep young women in school and out of child marriage.

Every year, we pick one Room to Read project country to support. We make it easy for our community of vendors and customers to join in these efforts through matching donation drives and other initiatives. Last year, we hit a major fundraising milestone, with a grand total of $200,000 being raised since 2013 for Room to Read’s projects in 16 countries around the world.

This year, we’ve decided to centre our efforts on raising enough to send 50 girls to school in Vietnam. At one time, Vietnam was considered one of the poorest countries in the world. Today, this country in South East Asia is in a period of growth and development, but with this growth comes a widening gap between children who can afford to attend school and children who can’t.

Photo Credit: Room to Read Vietnam

In 2020, we’re aiming to raise $20,000 towards school scholarships to allow 50 young Vietnamese women to make the most of their changing economy.

Our Inside Sales Engineer Merinda Widmer lead us in the decision to support Room to Read Vietnam because of the organization’s excellent track record in the country. In 2015, Room to Read successfully influenced advances in the country’s national education policy. Last year, Room to Read partnered with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education to launch a targeted program to build and stock school libraries in the country. Room to Read also continues to train local social mobilizers that support girls and young women in low-income areas through life skills training and other programs designed to keep them in school.

Merinda will go to Vietnam in 2021 to see our fundraising efforts in action. Stay tuned for more exciting updates on how you can join us in making sure that children around the world have the reading skills they need to succeed!