Ple­tho­ra of prizes

Pal­lia­tive home draw

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

An ela­bo­rate raffle contest will hand­so­me­ly re­ward a hand­ful of par­ti­ci­pants while hel­ping the region's first pal­lia­tive care home rai­se­much­nee­ded funds.

Last week, the Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes Health Care Foun­da­tion laun­ched its se­cond an­nual draw. The launch took place at the IGA Ex­tra Su­per­mar­ket in L'Île-Per­rot.

From now un­til May 6, 2011, when the draw will take place, people can buy their chance to win one of five prizes in­clu­ding: $5,000 cash from Toyo­ta Île Per­rot, $5,000 in gro­ce­ry cer­ti­fi­cates from six IGA stores in the region, $2,500 in shop­ping cer­ti­fi­cates from Jean Cou­tu stores in Do­rion and Vau­dreuil, $3,000 spa from Club Pis­cine and a trip for two to Cu­ba, in­clu­ding one week ac­com­mo­da­tions at a four star ho­tel.

Health Care Foun­da­tion exe­cu­tive di­rec­tor Ri­chard Main­ville said the group hopes to raise $50,000 with the draw. "This mo­ney will help us with our an­nual ope­ra­ting costs," he no­ted.

Since the pal­lia­tive care home has ope­ned its doors in Sep­tem­ber, it has ac­cep­ted 23 people for re­spite of en­dof-life care.

Se­ven­teen people have gone to the home to spend their fi­nal days in di­gni­ty, and sur­roun­ded by fa­mi­ly and friends.

Ti­ckets for the Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes Health Care Foun­da­tion Draw can be pur­cha­sed at most beau­ty sa­lons in the region, while lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and groups will al­so be sel­ling ti­ckets in va­rious towns. Ti­ckets can al­so be pur­cha­sed at the Pal­lia­tive Care Home, lo­ca­ted at 90, rue Como-Gardens, in Hud­son.

Meanw­hile, people can still do­nate to the home via "Québec's lar­gest pig­gy bank" (a car par­ked in­side theWal­mart in Vau­dreuil-Do­rion). The over­si­zed pig­gy bank was par­ked in­side the store last month. That ef­fort will run un­til the end of Ja­nua­ry.

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