Letter to the Editor: BZ HMCS Ottawa

HMCS Ottawa

Dear Editor,

As 2018 begins to take shape I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the incredible fundraising efforts last year from the crew of HMCS Ottawa under the command of Cdr Sylvain Belair. In particular, I wish to congratulate Sgt Michael Foulkes who was the driving force behind their successful fundraising.

In referencing the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation newsletter Between Us, the article celebrates a gift in the amount of $15,480.54 subsequent to several other donations that were received through United Way. In 2017 HMCS Ottawa raised the extraordinary total amount of $15,642.25! The total cumulative donations from HMCS Ottawa over the last two years stands at $22,192.25.

The 2017 donation went towards the overall cost of one therapeutic height adjustable bath system, which will transform one of the most challenging aspects of nursing into a safe and enjoyable experience for both residents and caregivers.

The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre is home to 450 seniors, 250 of whom are Second World War and Korean War veterans. The average age of the Veterans here at the Perley Rideau is now 95. No amount of money can pay the invoice we owe these men and women who gave us the liberties we enjoy today.

We are a proud partner with HMCS Ottawa and its crew of dedicated members who, through their actions, have taken up the torch and have clearly stated the Veterans of long ago shall not be forgotten – we are grateful for their caring and for their service to our country.

Daniel Clapin, ACFRE
Executive Director
The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation

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