Another suc­cess­ful telethon

TCP Health Foun­da­tion col­lects some $456,000 dur­ing an­nual fundraiser

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS

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.

Wish lists

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.

Big do­na­tions

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.

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