Pal­lia­tive home launches poinsettia cam­pai­gn

Third an­nual fun­drai­ser re­ceives hel­ping hand

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AIt was be­gin­ning to look a lot like Ch­rist­mas Mon­day when or­ga­ni­zers and spon­sors of an an­nual fun­drai­ser to aid the Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes Pal­lia­tive Care Re­si­dence laun­ched the 2013 Poinsettia Cam­pai­gn.

mid a sho­wroom pa­cked with unique holiday de­co­ra­tions and fes­ti­ve­ly dres­sed trees, or­ga­ni­zers of the third an­nual drive of­fi­cial­ly laun­ched the ef­fort that last year brought in over $30,000.

Gilles Hé­bert, a long-time vo­lun­teer at the Hud­son ba­sed home that is open to all from the re­gion, will again head a group of vo­lun­teers to sell and de­li­ver (in the case of large or­ders) 2,500 poin­set­tias.

And this year 100-percent of the mo­ney rai­sed will be chan­ne­led back to the non­pro­fit end-of-life-care home that must raise $1.1-mil­lion an­nual­ly to re­main ope­ra- tio­nal, thanks to a do­na­tion by two com­pa­nies in the re­gion.

Ban­king lea­der Caisse Des­jar­dins Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes and in­su­rance com­pa­ny Pro­mu­tuel Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes will joint­ly do­nate up to $25,000 in or­der to pur­chase the holiday plants.

Al­so joi­ning the team while gi­ving the vo­lun­teers a place to work for the se­cond year in a row – and over­seeing the hor­ti­cul­tu­ral qua­li­ty of the plants – will be Centre du Jar­din Vau­dreuil-sur-le-Lac. Ow­ner Pa­trick Van Den Abeele says he and a small win­ter staff were proud to part­ner with the home and its vo­lun­teers last year.

“The home is so im­por­tant in the re­gion so we’re proud to do wha­te­ver we can to help sup­port it,” he said.

Vo­lun­teers from last year’s drive cre­di­ted the gar­den centre for crea­ting a fun and fes­tive place to work.

Each red 6-inch poinsettia plant will be dres­sed for the sea­son with a de­co­ra­tion, as well as spe­cial­ly mar­ked pa­per and a rib­bon. Those who re­ceive the plants will know they’re sup­por­ting the VSPCR. And those who give a plant for a $25 do­na­tion will be is­sued a cha­ri­table re­ceipt.

The 2013 Poinsettia Cam­pai­gn will run from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29 in­clu­si­ve­ly, though people are en­cou­ra­ged to call to re­serve a plant as soon as pos­sible.

To re­serve a poinsettia or to vo­lun­teer du­ring the cam­pai­gn, call Su­zanne Che­vrier at the VSPCR at 450-202-2202, ext.126, or email her at: sche­vrier@mspvs.org.

Poin­set­tias can al­so be pur­chase and/or re­ser­ved di­rect­ly from Centre du Jar­din Vau­dreuil-sur-le-Lac, 999, Saint-Charles Avenue, Vau­dreuil-Do­rion, by cal­ling 450-424-0844.

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