Nu­natukavut do­nates to Air Daf­fodil pro­gram

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - EDITORIAL -

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Nu­natuKavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (NCC) has do­nated $5,000 to the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety (CCS) for the Air Daf­fodil – Air Travel As­sis­tance Pro­gram.

“It is an hon­our for me to make this pre­sen­ta­tion on be­half of NCC,” said NCC pres­i­dent Todd Rus­sell. “The Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety is an im­por­tant or­ga­ni­za­tion and we are so pleased that all funds raised for this vi­tal ser­vice in Labrador stays in Labrador. Some of our own Nu­natuKavut mem­bers are af­fected by this ter­ri­ble dis­ease and hav­ing to leave the com­fort of home to un­dergo treat­ment makes a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion even more chal­leng­ing. I’m hop­ing our do­na­tion can help ease at least some of that stress.”

NCC’s do­na­tion will help cover the costs of ap­prox­i­mately 10 one-way flights from Labrador for the pro­gram, which is de­signed to al­le­vi­ate the bur­den of a can­cer di­ag­no­sis and the in­evitable travel costs as­so­ci­ated with ob­tain­ing treat­ment out­side of Labrador.

Since the pro­gram was launched in 2015, 676 flights have been pro­vided to can­cer pa­tients from var­i­ous ar­eas in Labrador. The pro­gram pro­vides two free flights a year for can­cer pa­tients and one free flight a year for care­givers.

A cheque was pre­sented to Mr. Al Pel­ley, vice-pres­i­dent of phi­lan­thropy with the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety (NL Di­vi­sion), by Rus­sell dur­ing a visit to Daf­fodil Place in St. John’s last week.

“The Air Daf­fodil Pro­gram pro­vides a vi­tal ser­vice to peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer in Labrador,” Pel­ley said. “We are so grate­ful to the Nu­natuKavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil for their con­tin­ued sup­port of the Air Daf­fodil Pro­gram. They have sup­ported us from day one. The de­mand for this pro­gram has far ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions and the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety is cur­rently rais­ing funds to sus­tain the pro­gram in Labrador.”

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