Glovertown fa­ther more than half­way to $50,000-goal for Chil­dren’s Wish

With four months left, Deon Oram con­tin­ues to fundraise to grant five chil­dren’s wishes

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial - BY ADAM RANDELL Adam.randell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

GLOVERTOWN, NL – He has four months left to reach his goal, and Deon Oram is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down.

The Glovertown man has raised more than $31,000 of his $50,000-goal to grant five Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion wishes.

He’s has taken on the chal­lenge for his eight-year-old son Paul, who, be­ing a past Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion re­cip­i­ent, wanted to grant five wishes to com­mem­o­rate five years of be­ing cancer free/in re­mis­sion in mid-May.

Oram has been fundrais­ing at Muskrat Falls where he works, hold­ing an on­line auction (Face­book page Team Paul - Cancer Slayer On­line Auction) and ac­cept­ing do­na­tions. There have also been do­na­tions made to the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion, of which Oram is a mem­ber, on be­half of Team Paul - Cancer Slayer.

Oram says sup­port for the cause has been over­whelm­ing, and he can’t thank the pub­lic and busi­ness com­mu­nity enough for its sup­port.

“Time and time again, New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans have stepped for­ward to help a good cause,” he said, “It’s our way, and it’s pre­vail­ing again.”

With four months left un­til Paul’s next cat scan, Oram con­tin­ues his fundrais­ing quest. If all clear, he gets to ring the bell of hope to sig­nify five years be­ing cancer free.

“I knew we had a big un­der­tak­ing, but Paul wanted to make five kids smile (by grant­ing their wish),” said Oram, not­ing each wish costs ap­prox­i­mately $10,000. “Right now, we’ve raised enough to have three kids laugh­ing, but we’ve still got two more to go.”

He has an­other on­line auction planned for April, which will ac­cept bids on do­nated items, and Oram and the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion are still ac­cept­ing do­na­tions.

Any­one wish­ing to make a do­na­tion to Team Paul’s cause can do so by con­tact­ing Oram at: de­ono­ram@ya­hoo.ca or 709-422-2429.

ADAM RANDELL/THE BEA­CON

Glovertown fa­ther Deon Oram is more than half­way to Team Paul’s $50,000-Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion goal.

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