Oceanside Rotary Donates Over $6000 toward new Hospice House

Oceanside Rotary Donates Over $6000 Towards New Hospice House
PHOTO: left to right, Jeanne Fahlman, Hospice, Jeet Manhas, Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside president, Wendy Pratt, Hospice

 Nanaimo, BC – September 26, 2012 – The Expand the Heart of Hospice fundraising campaign recently received a $6250 donation from Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside. The funds will go towards the renovation of the new house on Waddington Road, which Hospice recently took possession of.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of Oceanside Rotary and to all the Rotary Clubs in Nanaimo who are working together to support this campaign and bring us closer to our final goal,” said Wendy Pratt, Executive Director, Nanaimo Community Hospice. “Death, dying and grieving touch everyone and the support hospice provides is critical to the health and strength of our community.  It is only through the support of our community that we are able to continue the legacy of caring started over 30 years ago.”

Funds raised from Expand the Heart of Hospice will allow Hospice to renovate, furnish and equip their new space, ensuring that all of their existing programs continue to remain accessible at no cost to the recipients.   Once in the new building Hospice plans to expand existing services such as the Child and Youth Program, hopes to add new programs such as a much needed Palliative Day Program.

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 or at one of their thrift stores located at Bowen Centre or the corner of Departure Bay and Norwell Drive.

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.   Nanaimo Hospice has been serving families facing these challenges for over 30 years and was the first community-based hospice established in Canada. Since inception, Hospice has trained over 1,000 volunteers who have given in excess of 500,000 hours to serve over 30,000 individuals in our community.  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 staff and volunteers provide a variety of free services including 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. 

For more information please contact:
Erin O’Reilly
313 PR on behalf of Nanaimo Community Hospice


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