Nunatukavut donates to Air Daffodil program
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.”