Telethon ‘best by far’

23rd tele­vised fundraiser brings in record amount for health foun­da­tion

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

There were many mem­o­rable and heart-warm­ing mo­ments dur­ing the 23rd Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion’s telethon on Oct. 14, and He­len Clarke was lucky enough to wit­ness them all.

Clarke is chair of the foun­da­tion’s board of di­rec­tors, and also played a very large role in the event, which was tele­vised by Eastlink throughout the re­gion.

She was es­pe­cially moved by an $11,000-plus do­na­tion from a group de­scribed as “Friends of Kelly’s Land­ing,” which pre­sented in mem­ory of the late Dale Gosse of Har­bour Grace.

Gosse was an en­tre­pre­neur and an ac­tive sup­porter of the foun­da­tion. He was just 44 years-of-age when he died of can­cer.

The fundraiser was hosted by Donna Fowler, owner of Kelly’s Land­ing in Bay Roberts, and her daugh­ter Kelly, Dale’s widow.

“That was so touch­ing. He was so well-known,” Clarke said.

Record pledges

Clarke used words such as “fan­tas­tic” and “over­whelm­ing” when asked to com­ment on the record pledges made to the telethon, which was staged at Amal­ga­mated Academy in Bay Roberts with an army of some 500 vol­un­teers help­ing make it hap­pen.

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