BMO MasterCard helps raise funds for MADD Canada

Two years ago, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver. In honor of Donna Jean Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Did you know that the Bank of Montreal (BMO) offers a BMO MADD Canada MasterCard?

Hubby and I both had regular BMO MasterCard’s and switched them over about a year ago. What that means is every time we use our BMO MADD Canada MasterCard to make a purchase, a small donation is made to MADD Canada from the Bank of Montreal at no additional cost to us. How uberlicious is that?!

How much you ask?!?! Hmmm. I am not entirely sure. I have an email into BMO and will let you know as soon as I find out. Regardless, we know that every little bit counts and adds up! Not only that, but every time we use our cards, we feel a sense of pride at such a visual show of support (and awareness) for MADD Canada.

BMO MADD Canada MasterCard

Seeee….aren’t they pretty?!?!? I just love it!!

Switching over was easy. We just called the bank, told them we wanted the BMO MADD Canada MasterCard and within a week, we received the new cards in the mail.

If you don’t already have one, right now is a great time to apply because they have a sweet promo on. If you apply by February 29, 2012, you will receive a credit of $25 on your account the first time you spend $25 or more by April 30, 2012. The deets are here (the offer is limited to new accounts).

Get cash to spend cash – wow!

And hubby and I connected our cards to our AIR MILES®† account so not only do we support MADD Canada but we get rewarded with 1 AIR MILES®† reward mile for every $20 we spend (you can also opt for 0.5% CashBack®).

Three cheers for BMO for putting this great affinity card program together. I love that we can help MADD Canada save lives and support victims in a way that’s easy and affordable!

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), and on the Web.

For 2012, I would like to start focusing more on what IS being done to eradicate impaired driving or bring awareness to this crime. I want to focus on the good…so if you have any stories, websites, videos that made you sit up and say “wow”, please share them with me….



  1. We’ve come a long way since before MADD was formed, when driving drunk was considered an “accident” and there weren’t additional penalties. I’m so in awe of all the folks who have made this more ingrained in our culture as well as our legal system over the past 30 years.

    And still…human beings are stubborn, and deeply flawed. And so people still die needlessly. There is more work to be done. Thanks, Natalie, for posting about this, and please accept my sincere sympathy (even at this later date) for your loss.


    • Soooo well said Kathy – we have come SUCH a long way and that is definitely something to celebrate. It’s sad that people still die needlessly – whether by drunk driving, distracted driving, or just plain ignorance. Here’s hoping that over time, it will become less an dless. 🙂
      Thank you so much for your condolences Kathy – it’s never too late to hear kind words from a wonderful friend. Much appreciated. xoxox

  2. I did not know this about BMO. thanks for sharing such a good idea

  3. I know two people who were killed by drunk driving. This persists as a problem. In fact, a Facebook friend recently reported that a soldier she knew returned home safely from Afghanistan, and then was struck by a drunk driver. Really? That’s just crazy. Good for you, Natalie.

    • I am so sorry to hear you’ve had multiple, deadly encounters with drunk driving Julie. That’s sooo sad. It is such a persiting problem and for the life of me, I can’t understand why. I guess deep down, people think they are ok to drive and that it’ll never happen to them. Such ignorance.
      That poor soldier – can you imagine?!?! What a waste….such a shame!!!

  4. Fantastic, Natalie! Canadians do so many things right. Cheers to BMO. 🙂

  5. The only problem I see with this card is that it isn’t Pink! LOL! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

    Okay Karen, be more serious. Natalie, I think it’s fab that you bring this to our attention. We all forget about this and August just had a wonderful post about driving risks. Great remimders.

    Well I can see that I am living in the wrong country. I don’t think that I can obtain this BMO MC.

    Take care Natalie and you and hubby have a nice weekend. You’ll have to come and join the party over at wana1011 today! Cheers! 🙂

    • Yes…pink would have been better. LOL!!
      I’ve been reading August’s posts and they absolutely ROCK!!
      It looks like I am going to have to do some research about what quick and easy programs exists for my US friends to sign up for. Stay tuned!! 🙂

  6. That is awesome. I don’t think we have anything like that here in the states. This kind of reminds me of that Dave Chappelle sketch where he was a politician saying his plan for American health care was to get everyone fake Canadian ID cards so we could go up and get medical care. It was hilarious. My mind kind of goes on tangents like that. You guys sure do a lot of things right!

    • OMG Emma – LOL – fake Canadian IDs. Well our health care might be “free” but we pay for it in our income taxes…and our wait times are sometimes so extreme, you might die before you get medical treatment. LOL!!
      I’ll definitely do some research for some uberlicious programs that support impaired driving awareness in the US for y’all! 🙂

  7. Is this limited only to Canadians or can us US folk help out as well? What a great idea for BMO to team up with MADD. It’s such an effortless way to help. I agree, the card should come in pink. ; )

  8. So sorry about your loss and the senseless way it happened. If I lived in Canada, this is something I’d be on board with!

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