'Que­bec's lar­gest pig­gy bank' ready for do­na­tions

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

An ol­der mo­del Ford Es­cort pain­ted en­ti­re­ly with white house paint and de­co­ra­ted with co­lour­ful, pint-si­zed hand prints is not your usual pig­gy bank, but that's exact­ly what a car sit­ting in­side the en­trance of the Vau­dreuilDo­rionWal­mart is.

The ve­hicle, do­na­ted by a lo­cal au­to parts store and de­co­ra­ted by chil­dren from the Vir­gi­nie-Roy day­care in L'Île-Per­rot, is billed as "the lar­gest pig­gy bank in Québec." It has the lof­ty goal of rai­sing $500,000 be­fore Ja­nua­ry 8, 2011.

All fund­swill go to­ward the ope­ra­ting costs for the region's first pal­lia­tive care home, which ope­ned in Sep­tem­ber in Hud­son. Since then, more than 12 pa­tients have been ad­mit­ted to the tran­quil home that, des­pite its end of life pur­pose, is not a sad place. "It's a place where people come to live to the end," said Syl­vie Crevier, pre­sident of the home's board of di­rec­tors.

"We had a pa­tient who lo­ved to shop so while she was here we ar­ran­ged for tran­spor­ta­tion and a nurse and she and her husband went to the mall for two hours... we have hus­bands sleep in the same room as their wives, and kids sleep down the hall from their mo­ther. We're here to of­fer the best care pos­sible so people can live their fi­nal days in com­fort and di­gni­ty."

It costs $1.8 mil­lion to run the centre for one year, or $130,000 per bed.

The Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes Pal­lia­tive Care home is lo­ca­ted at 90, rue Como-Gardens. To do­nate or to vo­lun­teer at the home call 514 755-9888.


Que­bec's lar­gest pig­gy bank waits for do­na­tions at the Vau­dreuil-Do­rionWal­mart.

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