A pow­er­ful pro­vi­sion

Annapolis Valley Register - - OBITUARY/COMMUNITY - BY LAWRENCE POWELL THE SPEC­TA­TOR MID­DLE­TON, N.S.

When Betty La­joie handed over a cheque for $1,000 to An­napo­lis East El­e­men­tary School prin­ci­pal Nancy Ill­s­ley she was think­ing of the health and well-be­ing of the chil­dren.

The money was from the Sol­diers Memo­rial Health Aux­il­iary and Ill­s­ley said the do­na­tion will be well used.

“This thou­sand dol­lars is go­ing to go in our Stu­dent Care Fund which looks af­ter stu­dents who per­haps don’t have any lunch to eat, it can go to­wards break­fast, it can also go to­wards stu­dents who per­haps need some help with med­i­cal is­sues and so on,” said Ill­s­ley. “We’re so ap­pre­cia­tive of the aux­il­iary for do­nat­ing this to An­napo­lis East.”

La­joie said the Stu­dent Care Fund might also pay for cloth­ing such as ski pants and boots, the lack of which might keep a child from at­tend­ing school.

Ill­s­ley said the care fund helps a lot of chil­dren.

“We have 430 stu­dents and it will cer­tainly help each and ev­ery one be­cause the break­fast pro­gram is uni­ver­sally free and is used by about a quar­ter of our stu­dents ev­ery day,” Il­s­ley said.

Be­cause the fund is meant to fos­ter the good health of stu­dents, it was a nat­u­ral for the aux­il­iary to sup­port.

“SMHA now stands for Sol­diers Memo­rial Health (rather than Hospi­tal) Aux­il­iary be­cause we no longer raise money only for the hospi­tal, but also for other health­care-re­lated groups in our com­mu­nity,” La­joie said.

Ev­ery year the SMHA gives a $1,000 schol­ar­ship to a grad­u­ate of Mid­dle­ton Re­gional High School who is pur­su­ing health-care stud­ies, and a $1,000 schol­ar­ship to a grad­u­ate of the Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s Health Care Pro­gram.

La­joie said most of the money do­nated to the hospi­tal last year went to buy an Ul­tra­sound In­tra­cav­ity Probe cost­ing $7,870. The ma­chine is used for view­ing ovaries, cysts, fi­broids, ec­topic preg­nan­cies, and pelvic in­flam­ma­tion.

“We also pur­chased a new stove/oven for the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices of Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy,” she said. “It will be used for meal prep as­sess­ments for pa­tients to de­ter­mine safety at home prior to dis­charge.”

The aux­il­iary also pro­vided new chairs for the med­i­cal depart­ment.

While the health aux­il­iary de­cided how to spend the money it raised, it was the pub­lic that sup­ported them. A ticket auc­tion in Nic­taux raised $3,019.25. They raised funds through the Lighta-Bulb cam­paign at Home Hard­ware prior to Christ­mas. They held cof­fee par­ties, and as al­ways, they earn money through the Carousel Gift Shop in the hospi­tal lobby.

La­joie said the Carousel’s an­nual Christ­mas sale is com­ing up Nov. 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Any­one who wants to vol­un­teer and have fun do­ing it is wel­come to join our group,” said La­joie. “We need you.”

LAWRENCE POWELL

Betty La­joie, back, dropped off a gen­er­ous $1,000 from the Sol­diers Memo­rial Health Aux­il­iary to help top up the An­napo­lis East El­e­men­tary School’s Stu­dent Care Fund. Prin­ci­pal Nancy Il­s­ley was there to ac­cept the money that, in part, will help with the school’s break­fast pro­gram.

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