Tree for Tots

An­nual cam­paign sup­ports CNRHC pe­di­atric clinic

The Central Voice - - Editorial -

It has been an Ad­ver­tiser Christ­mas tra­di­tion for more than two decades and one that will con­tinue to light up the Christ­mas sea­son.

In Au­gust, SaltWire Net­work com­bined the four news­pa­pers in cen­tral New­found­land into one, The Cen­tral Voice, and is proud to con­tinue the Tree for Tots tra­di­tion, in part­ner­ship with the South and Cen­tral Health Foun­da­tion.

“Tree for Tots is all about the chil­dren and keep­ing them as close to home as pos­si­ble when they need med­i­cal at­ten­tion,” said Karla King, ad­ver­tis­ing con­sul­tant with The Cen­tral Voice. “The Cen­tral Voice news­pa­per would like to keep this cam­paign go­ing and there­fore, con­tin­u­ing our part­ner­ship with the South and Cen­tral Health Foun­da­tion, we are hop­ing to ac­com­plish that.”

There will, how­ever, be a few changes this year. The phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion of the Tree for Tots will be on the lawn of the Cen­tral New­found­land Re­gional Health Cen­tre. Donors can still sup­port the fundraiser by buy­ing a bulb to light up the tree through­out the months of Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.

The South and Cen­tral Health Foun­da­tion is proud to be the bene­fac­tor and part­ner of The Cen­tral Voice’s Tree for Tots.

“Our spe­cial project this year is to help sup­ply the pe­di­atric clinic at the Cen­tral New­found­land Re­gional Health Cen­tre with a few pieces of up­dated es­sen­tial equip­ment that the pe­di­a­tri­cians use daily in treat­ing young pa­tients,” said Wendy Houli­han, de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer with the South and Cen­tral Health Foun­da­tion. “Funds from the sale of bulbs this year will ben­e­fit chil­dren from around the en­tire cen­tral re­gion. We hope with read­ers’ sup­port we can pur­chase sev­eral pieces of equip­ment on the pe­di­a­tri­cians’ wish list.”

The 3.5 pe­di­a­tri­cians on staff at the pe­di­atric clinic at the Cen­tral New­found­land Re­gional Health Cen­tre serves chil­dren from in­fants to age 18 in the re­gion from Har­bour Bre­ton in the south, to Lewis­porte in the east, Green Bay to Baie Verte in the west, and all points in be­tween. Chil­dren from over 90 com­mu­ni­ties visit the pe­di­a­tri­cians at the Cen­tral New­found­land Re­gional Health Cen­tre pe­di­atric clinic.

Their wish list in­cludes a pe­di­atric ex­am­i­na­tion ta­ble; height/weight scale for very young pa­tients; two wall-mounted blood pres­sure mon­i­tors and small blood pres­sure cuffs to fit neonates; and baby toys (blocks, puz­zles, etc..) for cog­ni­tive test­ing in ba­bies.

“When choos­ing a Tree for Tots project each year, our foun­da­tion looks for a piece of equip­ment that will have the most im­pact upon chil­dren in the re­gion,” ex­plained Ms. Houli­han. “We feel this is a worth­while project and we hope your read­ers do, too.”

Hope­fully with read­ers’ sup­port, they will be able to make the pe­di­a­tri­cians’ job of tak­ing care of chil­dren’s health needs that much eas­ier, Houli­han added. The ben­e­fit of sup­ply­ing these items to the clinic is for the chil­dren who visit the doc­tors there. “The con­tin­ued com­mit­ment from The Cen­tral Voice and con­tin­ued sup­port from read­ers means a lot to our char­ity,” Houli­han said. “We have used your gifts with great care and thought in the past and we will con­tinue to do so in the fu­ture.”

Light bulbs can be pur­chased through the South and Cen­tral Health Foun­da­tion lo­cated in the lobby of the Cen­tral New­found­land Re­gional Health Cen­tre. Drop by the of­fice to make your pur­chase in per­son, or you can go on­line at www.schf.nl.ca and click on the ‘donate now’ but­ton. Red bulbs are $5, green bulbs are $10, yel­low bulbs are $15, blue bulbs are $20 and orange bulbs are $25. The more bulbs pur­chased, the brighter the tree, and the more funds raised for area tots.

The Cen­tral Voice, in part­ner­ship with the South and Cen­tral Health Foun­da­tion, is proud to con­tinue the Tree for Tots tra­di­tion. The tree is lo­cated in front of the Cen­tral New­found­land Re­gional Health Cen­tre, which is where bulbs can also be pur­chased, as well as on­line at www. schf.nl.ca. Pic­tured, back from left, Wendy Houli­han, de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer with the South and Cen­tral Health Foun­da­tion and ad­ver­tis­ing con­sul­tant with The Cen­tral Voice Karla King, were joined by Ad­dyson Car­roll (front left) and Cas­sidy Cashin (front right), as they were busy pre­par­ing for the start of the cam­paign.

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