Help for vic­tims

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Staff The South Glen­garry fire depart­ment is help­ing an area non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to as­sist­ing child abuse vic­tims and their fam­i­lies.

Fire Chief Dave Robertson told last week that the depart­ment will be supporting the Corn­wall Chil­dren’s Treat­ment Cen­tre’s new pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign.

“The cen­tre has ap­proached me about their de­sire to pub­li­cize their valu­able ser­vices out­side of their tra­di­tional area of the City of Corn­wall,” by ad­ver­tis­ing on mu­nic­i­pal fire hall signs, ex­plained Chief Robertson.

“They would like the com­mu­ni­ties in the Coun­ties to know about the ser­vices that they can pro­vide, and they see our sta­tions as a way to do this, with the ex­tremely lim­ited ad­ver­tis­ing bud­get that they have.”

A re­cent let­ter from Chil­dren’s Treat­ment Cen­tre Project Co­or­di­na­tor and co-founder An­gelo Town­dale states that the or­ga­ni­za­tion has pro­vided coun­selling and other forms of as­sis­tance to more than 2,500 chil­dren and 2,100 fam­i­lies in Corn­wall, Stor­mon­tDun­das-Glen­garry and Ak­we­sasne since 1996.

Mr. Town­dale adds that ap­prox­i­mately 13 per cent of clients are Glen­garry res­i­dents.

The cen­tre does not re­ceive fund­ing from any level of gov­ern­ment; ser­vices are main­tained through do­na­tions and the pro­ceeds of fundrais­ing events held through­out the year.

All ser­vices are pro­vided free of charge, and the cen­tre has vol­un­teer driv­ers who pro­vide free trans­porta­tion for chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to at­tend their coun­selling ses­sions.

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