Bay St. George Sick Children's Foundation Telethon

An all too common occurrence in rural areas of Newfoundland and Labrador is the emergency fund raising activities that take place when a young child is seriously ill and must travel considerable distances to assess health care facilities.  Needless to say, as those of us who are parents are well aware, these illnesses are very traumatic experiences not to mention very expensive.   

In April of 1996, a group of concerned individuals with the backing of local service clubs, businesses and the community at large decided to form an organization which would address these very issues. A major concern was that families finding themselves in these situations might not be getting sufficient financial assistance through the good-hearted efforts of family or friends who undertake these haphazard events. Of fundamental importance was the desire to help relieve the stress on parents, in such a way that permitted them to focus one hundred percent on the health need of their child. 

Thus, the Bay St. George Sick Children's Foundation came into existence. Over the course of the last decade the Foundation has raised more than $320,000.00 and has provided more than 150 families with necessary financial assistance. Our children have traveled to health care facilities in London, Guelph, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and of course the facilities in St. John's. On numerous occasions, the length of time required for treatment has exceeded many months and often span a period of years. We have provided more then six years (2190 days/nights) of accommodations at hotels and hostels in various cities.   

The Foundation is a one hundred percent volunteer organization. There are no paid employees and administrative expenses have been maintained at less than three percent for each year of its existence.  Financial resources are allocated to get maximum benefit for the children of the Bay St. George area. Let us continue to be "Your Children's Helping Hand."  

Your tax free donations are most welcome and appreciated.

Since the start of the telethon one decade ago the Bay St. George Sick Children's Foundation has raised $320,000 and has assisted more than 150 families to date.

This year the Bay St. George Sick Children's Telethon 2009 will take place Sunday, March 15th from noon to 9 p.m. Tune in locally on Channel 9 or online at www.cna.nl.ca To make a pledge phone 643-9220 or toll free 1-877-972-2837