Ambulance service telethon upcoming
North Shore Central Ambulance to host its largest fundraiser on April 10
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.