By Rhonda Massad,
with files from Murray Horn
Montreal-Lakeshore Rotary Club answered a call in early August from the Palliative Care division of the Sainte Anne de Bellevue Veteran’s Hospital for 30 radios to be placed in each patient’s room.
“Our Rotary club received a touching request for 30 AM/FM/CD player radios on August 8, this year from Tania Shand, for the newly created Ste. Anne’s Hospital Palliative Care Unit,” explained Montreal-Lakeshore Rotary Club President Murray Horn. “As president, I then sent the notice to our membership, and within 36 hours we had received commitments for 46 radios.”
Best Buy rallied to the cause by giving the club a 32% discount on the price of the radios and agreed to pay for the shipping costs from Vancouver to Pointe Claire, a $400.00 value.
According to Shand, the Volunteer Coordinator of the St Anne’s Palliative Care Unit, the Sainte Anne’s hospital has more than 400 residents. About 200 are vets and the other 200 are civilian. Of the veterans, the number of younger veterans is growing due to the recent international conflicts.
“What makes life for the vets especially tricky is the distance from home for many of them. This presents a great opportunity for volunteering at the hospital,” Shand went on to say, “volunteers make a big difference to the lives of residents and their families.”
“We will be presenting the radios to Tania Shand, at our regular luncheon meeting. As well as receiving the radios, she will be speaking to the club about palliative care,” said Horn.
“On behalf of the residents from the Ste. Anne’s Hospital, I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Montreal – Lakeshore for their help and support,” said a grateful Shand. “Working together for the better good is what we should all strive for and our residents will benefit from this wonderful partnership.”
Should you wish to get involved Tania Shand can be reached at the hospital at (514) 457-3440 ext. 2399