New­found­land nurses sup­port causes at home and abroad

The Compass - - NEWS -

Th e New found­land and Labrador Nurses Union ( NLNU) made two con­tri­bu­tions to lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional causes last week.

A do­na­tion of $9,700 was made in sup­port of Haiti re­lief ef­forts and, lo­cally, $ 4,000 was do­nated to the Kids Eat Smart Foun­da­tion.

“It is a nat­u­ral re­sponse for nurses in this prov­ince, and across the coun­try, to reach out and help those in need,” said Debbie For­ward, NLNU pres­i­dent.

“ The peo­ple of Haiti are in des­per­ate need of spe­cial­ized med­i­cal care and treat­ment. Sup­port­ing in­ter­na­tional aid or­ga­ni­za­tions is one of the quick­est and most ef­fec­tive ways we can get this help to vic­tims and their fam­i­lies.”

Funds for Haiti were do­nated to two or­ga­ni­za­tions - Doc­tors With- out Bor­ders through the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Nurses’ Unions, which has col­lected $65,000 to date from its mem­ber or­ga­ni­za­tions. In a sep­a­rate fundrais­ing ef­fort, an ad­di­tional $ 1,700 raised by the Cen­tre for Nurs­ing Stud­ies through a cake sale was pro­vided to the Cana­dian Red Cross.

NLNU con­tin­ues to show its sup­port for the work of the Kids Eat Smart Foun­da­tion, For­ward said.

“ The Kids Eat Smart Foun­da­tion does in­cred­i­ble work to sup­port chil­dren in eat­ing healthy,” said For­ward. “ The foun­da­tion pro­vides over 50,000 chil­dren with nu­tri­tious meals and snacks each and ev­ery day. Nurses are proud to sup­port this work, which is help­ing to build healthy com­mu­ni­ties across our prov­ince.”

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