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13.6.12

Vancouver Island; $25,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Nanaimo


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$25,000 Rotary Club of Nanaimo Donation Brings Hospice One Step Closer to a New Home
Nanaimo, BC – June 13, 2012 – The Expand the Heart of Hospice fundraising campaign has reached the halfway point with a generous donation of $25,000 from The Rotary Club of Nanaimo towards the purchase and renovation of a new Hospice House. There is now $450,000 left to raise towards the $900,000 fundraising target.
“More and more people turn to Hospice each year and we are in urgent need of a new facility,” says Karen Boudreau, Campaign Chair, Nanaimo Community Hospice. “We hope that individuals, local companies and organizations will make a donation to buy a new Hospice House that will serve our community well into the future.”
The funds come from The Rotary Club of Nanaimo’s Annual Book Sale. Rotary members spend countless hours collecting, sorting and storing books for the sale, which is held at Nanaimo North Town Centre every year. Rotary members, their spouses and friends all pitch in during the book sale putting in countless volunteer hours, epitomizing “Service Above Self”, in order to raise money for community groups in Nanaimo.
“This is the single largest donation our club has given in its 92 year history in Nanaimo,” says Dave Hammond, President, Rotary Club of Nanaimo. “Rotary is all about building stronger communities and Hospice is all about supporting people in our community when they need it most.”
The Expand the Heart of Hospice campaign will allow Hospice to purchase and renovate an existing property that offers easy access, with twice the space and room to grow their programs. They have outgrown their present location and must move as the demand for their services continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.
There are many ways to give to Expand the Heart of Hospice. Donations can be made by mail, by calling 250-758-8857, online at www.nanaimohospice.com, or in person at Hospice House.
About Nanaimo Community Hospice
Dying, caregiving and grieving are three of life’s greatest challenges that will touch everyone at some point in their lives. Over the years, Nanaimo Hospice has helped individuals and families deal with these issues. Their goal is to ensure that the dying experience dignity and peace; their caregivers receive the help they need; and their friends and families are supported in their grief. Hospice programs are free and open to individuals of all ages from young children to seniors.
NCHS was the first community-based hospice to be established in Canada and since inception has trained over 1,000 volunteers who have given over 500,000 hours with over 30,000 individuals benefiting from their compassion and caring. Today their programs include professional counselling, grief group programs, palliative support at home, in hospital and in care facilities, complementary therapies, a child and youth program, comprehensive library resources, and so much more. www.nanaimohospice.com
For more information please contact:
Erin O’Reilly
313 PR on behalf of Nanaimo Community Hospice
250-713-0489

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