Every month 25 Pictou County residents are diagnosed with cancer for the first time.
Proudfoots Home Hardware is one of the local businesses that has taken part in the Daffodil Place Capital Campaign to double the size of the Lodge That Gives. Pictured from left are: Michelle Bohaychuk, capital campaign manager; Sheila Scaravelli, fundraising lead in Pictou County; Home Hardware’s Jim Proudfoot, campaign chair Marsha Sobey and Home Hardware’s Kendall Proudfoot. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
Every month another 25 are diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer. The result is that at any given month, 50 people from this county will be in Halifax receiving treatment.
To make life easier for those receiving treatment, there is the Lodge That Gives.
The Lodge that Gives is where cancer patients who live outside Halifax can stay during their treatment.
“The lodge provides meals and accommodation and a vast array of supportive care programs for cancer patients at no cost to the patient,” said Sheila Scaravelli, fundraising lead in Pictou County. “It’s a home away from home and currently we have wait lists and we want to eliminate that.”
Right now the lodge can accommodate about 34, people but a campaign is underway to double that size. So far $12.3 million has been raised toward the 15 million project.
“Only those who live 50 kilometres outside of metro have access to the Lodge so we are now in a public phase of the campaign going out to counties that are a big user of the Lodge,” Scaravelli said. “Pictou County is second only to Yarmouth and Digby in terms of using the Lodge. For that reason we have a local team and we are now currently canvassing the community for donations.”
This week Home Hardware presented a check for more than $11,000 towards the project.
During their grand opening they sold geraniums as a fundraiser. They also hosted a Charity Golf Tournament this summer where all proceeds went to Daffodil Place, the expansion of The Lodge that Gives.
Chair of the Daffodil Place Campaign, Marsha Sobey, was on hand to accept the cheque and congratulate the fundraisers.
"We love championing heroes like Proudfoot’s Home Hardware. While it may seem like a 'little give,' it adds up to be a 'big give.' said Michelle Bohaychuk, manager of the capital campaign.