Am­bu­lance ser­vice telethon up­com­ing

North Shore Cen­tral Am­bu­lance to host its largest fundraiser on April 10

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

North Shore Cen­tral Am­bu­lance will host its largest an­nual fundrais­ing event on Sun­day.

The not-for-profit am­bu­lance ser­vice’s 15th an­nual telethon is set for April 10 from 1-6 p.m. The goal for this year’s event is $10,000.

Marie Mul­ley, trea­surer of the fundrais­ing com­mit­tee, said the pur­pose of the telethon is “to raise funds to help pur­chase med­i­cal sup­plies, re­place ob­so­lete and worn out med­i­cal equip­ment, pur­chase new med­i­cal equip­ment and be­gin set­ting aside monies to­wards ... our next am­bu­lance.”

Founded in 1974 by a vol­un­teer group of con­cerned area res­i­dents, Mul­ley said, “37 years later we still re­main the only am­bu­lance ser­vice li­censed by the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers of Pub­lic Util­i­ties to pro­vide pre-hos­pi­tal care to the more than 2,500 res­i­dents liv­ing in the 11 com­mu­ni­ties on the North Shore of Con­cep­tion Bay,” be­tween Kingston and Lower Is­land Cove.

The group pro­vides 24-hour emer­gency am­bu­lance ser­vice to the area 365 days of the year.

“ We op­er­ate with ap­prox­i­mately 22 mem­bers, 16 of whom are med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als such as nurses, paramedics and EMRs (emer­gency med­i­cal re­spon­ders) and six who ful­fill other non-med­i­cal du­ties such as fundrais­ing,” Mul­ley said.

The telethon will be broad­cast live to the com­mu­ni­ties from East­link Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mu­nity Chan­nel 6 in Lower Is­land Cove.

As a reg­is­tered char­ity, the am­bu­lance ser­vice is­sues re­ceipts for all mon­e­tary do­na­tions.

Be­cause the telethon is broad­cast­ing from a new lo­ca­tion this year, there will ac­tu­ally be two lo­ca­tions where the pub­lic can hon­our their pledges and pick up their re­ceipts— the am­bu­lance ser­vice of­fice in Adam’s Cove and the Orange Lodge in Burnt Point. Mem­bers of the am­bu­lance ser­vice will be avail­able at both lo­ca­tions dur­ing the telethon to col­lect pledges and is­sue re­ceipts.

Groups or in­di­vid­u­als who want to present their do­na­tions live on the air will have to do so at the broad­cast lo­ca­tion in Lower Is­land Cove.

Look­ing for­ward to an­other suc­cess­ful fundraiser, Mul­ley said, “it takes both the ded­i­cated mem­bers and the sup­port of fi­nan­cial con­trib­u­tors to make qual­ity pre-hos­pi­tal emer­gency care what it should be.”

The change in lo­ca­tion of the broad­cast this year also means a change in phone num­bers to make a pledge. The new num­bers to call in pledges dur­ing the telethon are: 598-0150 and 584-3150.

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