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NCC president Todd Russell presents Stan Oliver, Community Resource Coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society-Labrador Office, with a donation of $5,000 on behalf of NCC for ‘Hope for Healing’, a new fundraising initiative by the CCS to raise money for travel for Labrador cancer patients.
NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) presented a cheque for $5,000 to Stanley Oliver, Community Resource Coordinator of the Canadian Cancer Society for Upper Lake Melville earlier this month.
The money will assist a new fundraising initiative by the Canadian Cancer Society — the Hope for Healing Radiothon, which was held on Dec. 11th.
Funds raised through the radiothon will go towards a partnership with Hope Air, a national organization that helps people with their medical travel needs. The money will be earmarked solely for Labrador patients needing such travel assistance.
“The effect of cancer on so many of our people and families is heart-wrenching,” said Todd Russell, President of the NCC.
“While people struggle to survive this dreadful disease, far too many also have to contend with the costs associated with access to treatment. For people in Labrador there is the added worry of travel costs; a worry they could definitely do without. Hopefully our contribution and this new initiative will help alleviate some of that stress.”
The remaining money raised through the fundraising effort will go towards maintenance at Daffodil Place and the subsidizing of rent for patients staying there. Daffodil place is a hostel for cancer patients travelling to St. John’s for treatments. Twenty percent of the patients who stay at Daffodil Place are from Labrador.
Along with this donation, NCC has been supporting the Canadian Cancer Society throughout the year with various donations to the Relay for Life events across Labrador and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Annual Gala.