Tree for Tots
Annual campaign supports CNRHC pediatric clinic
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.