Illegal dumping caught on camera
Officials with the Town of Carbonear confirmed last week that surveillance cameras have captured evidence of illegal dumping, and that every effort will be made to bring the alleged culprit to justice.
Mayor Sam Slade said cameras placed along Fox Farm Road helped identify a pickup that was illegally dumping items in the area.
Slade said the incident has been reported to the RCMP, and the town will pursue the case to the fullest in an attempt to send a message to those who continue to dump illegally.
Photos from the camera shows a pickup entering the road carrying what Slade described as “debris,” and exited empty about eight minutes later. Slade said minutes later, the truck returned and retrieved the debris, its driver likely having been made aware
“It was our best year to date,” Clarke stated last week.
One of the largest donations came from the Baccalieu Lions Club in Old Perlican, which turned in a cheque worth $20,000.
Many other community groups also stepped up, including volunteer firefighters, who could be seen throughout the region, collecting pledges from passing motorists on the day of the telethon.
Organizers say the number of grand ($500 plus), millennium ($1,000-plus) and gold ($5,000) givers was also up substantially from the roughly 120 recorded in 2011, though a final number was not available last week.
A surge in support from the corporate sector, and from families and groups, was also noted.
And the roughly 1,500 Eastern Health employees who take part in the regular 50/50 staff lottery also did their part with a donation of $50,000-plus to the foundation. A similar amount was donated by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
‘ Touches your heart’
In all, more than $412,000 was pledged, significantly higher than last year. And the number continues to climb as additional pledges roll in.
That’s well above the $340,000 targetted by the foundation in order to finance the projects it had designated as priorities for this year.
“We can’t say enough about the level of generosity in this region,” Clarke added, noting she was extremely happy with the level of participation by young people who obviously understand the importance of giving something back to the community.
“It really touches your heart when you have people giving donations in memory of friends and family. It makes such a difference.”
The money will finance the following projects:
• a second fully integrated operating room at the Carbonear General Hospital, at a cost of some $250,000;
• a therapeutic wander garden at the Lion’s Manor Nursing Home, which is part of the Placentia Health Centre. This facility includes a 28-bed protective care unit for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The estimated cost for the garden is $70,000;
• and a waiting area for the dialysis unit at the Carbonear General Hospital, where patients currently have to wait in the hallway. This project includes the established of a waiting room, furnished with comfortable chairs and other amenities, at a cost of some $20,000.
Since it was established nearly a quarter-century ago, the foundation has raised some $5 million to help improve health care in the Trinity Conception Placentia region.
The foundation holds various fundraisers throughout the year.
On the web: http://www.tcphealthfoundation.ca/home.html