Another successful telethon
TCP Health Foundation collects some $456,000 during annual fundraiser
It was the best to date. That was how Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation chief development officer Don Coombs and board chair Helen Clarke were describing the 24th annual TCP telethon last week.
The event raised more than $456,000, a total significantly higher than previous years.
Dozen of special guests and hundreds of volunteers from Trinity, Conception and Placentia areas gathered at Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts Sunday, Oct. 6 to help answer phones, read donations live on air and host the day-long event.
“It was nice to see communities get together to support the cause,” Clarke said in a phone interview with The Compass.
All seven health facilities in the area, including Carbonear General Hospital, Lions Manor nursing home in Placentia, the Dr. W.H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne and the Dr. A.A. Wilkinson Memorial Health Centre in Old Perlican, were asked to submit a wish list to the foundation.
Lions Manor had a list that included items to aid the comfort and activities for their long-term care patients, including a fully accesible van. And Placentia is still putting together a garden for its dementia patients, with a total price tag in the range of $300,000.
In Carbonear, some priority items include four cardiac monitors and a central station worth some $300,000 for the emergency room. Other requests include comfortable seating in waiting areas, several dialysis chairs — at $5,000 apiece — and bariatric wheelchairs and stretchers.
There were several large donations this year from both groups and individuals, highlighted by a presentation from a Bay Roberts business, Kelly’s Landing.
Last year, the group “Friends of Kelly’s Landing” donated some $ 11,000 to the telethon. This year, that figure grew to $19,000, all in memory of Dale Gosse, who passed away in March 2012.
The group was particularly interested in the dialysis unit, and the large donation is expected to purchase three patient dialysis chairs.
Eastern Health employees in this region also came up big, raising $80,000 through a 50/50 bi-weekly draw. That’s up significantly from the $30,000 donated last year.
Some other big contributors were the Tree of Life campaign ($7,500), the ladies’ auxiliary at Carbonear hospital ($5,000) and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador ($50,000).
A special thanks was also made to the volunteer fire departments in the region for helping out and donating to the cause, as well as the TriCon Special Olympians and all the town councils that made donations.
Spending the donations
Coombs offered assurances that the foundation keeps strict and accurate records on its spending.
“TCP employs two people on salary in accordance with Eastern Health’s salary scale that gets reviewed every few years,” he explained. “We get audited regularly and all spending must be approved by the board of directors and Eastern Health.”
Clarke confirmed all funds made from events hosted by TCP are placed back into the foundation, adding that, “Our board of directors is 100 per cent volunteer.”
It was also confirmed by Coombs the organization is well below the expected cost-- to-revenue ratio. TCP spends approximately 22 cents per dollar collected, while the required amount to be a charitable organization is around 35 cents per dollar.
Both Coombs and Clarke said their expenditures are available on the Canada Revenue Agency website ( ht tp:// www.cra -arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/lstngs/menu-eng.html) for verification.