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IceCaps Donate $40,000 to Charities in January Posted by IceCaps on

IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation donated $40,000 to eight local charities during the month of January.

The Pottle Centre, Kidney Foundation of Canada, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Canadian Diabetes Association, Crime Stoppers, VON, Wonderbolt Circus and Brighter Futures all received $5,000 to support their endeavours in this province.

The Pottle Centre, a social and recreational centre for consumers of mental health services, will use the bulk of the funds for much-needed infrastructure requirements.

“We are thrilled to receive this money,” said Pottle Centre Administrator Leanne Lewis. “Specifically, we are building a kitchen where we can serve meals to our members and the flooring will be replaced in the areas where we store, prepare and serve food. Dealing with IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation has been an absolute pleasure.”

The Kidney Foundation is targeting their funds to patients with financial problems.

“Funding from IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation allows us to continue our emergency, short-term financial assistance program,” said Development Manager Trina Ralph. “This program provides funding to patients who, at times, require financial assistance to help alleviate the financial burdens of medical care for those undergoing dialysis treatments.”

Funding for the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada will be utilized in a variety of ways.

“The funds will be directly used to advocate for newborn screening of cystic fibrosis, public awareness, education and research in the province,” said President Betty Sheppard. “As well, funds will aid the nurse manager of the inpatient ward at the Health Sciences and Janeway hospitals, along with our C.F. medical team, in the purchase of laptops for education and comfort items for C.F. inpatients.”

Funding for the Canadian Diabetes Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Region will help support the provincial camping program for children aged 8-17 living with Type 1 diabetes throughout the province.

“The support from IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation will help us to provide children living with Type 1 diabetes a place to grow and discover together and take charge of their diabetes and never let it define who they are,” said Debbie Devereux, Community Engagement Coordinator.

Funding for Crime Stoppers helps that organization stop and solve crime to make our communities better places to live.

“We rely heavily on funding from corporate partnerships like IceCaps Care and Williams Family Foundation,” said Chairman Mark Brown. “This donation helps our branches across the province be active in their communities so more criminal activity is reported so more crimes are solved.”

Funding for VON goes towards the organization’s community support services programs.

“Funds from IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation help us to train our volunteer visitors to provide services such as companionship to our clients with life threatening illnesses and to spend time with people who are homebound. The funds are also used to develop and implement new charitable programs and initiatives designed to meet the specific needs of the communities we serve.”

Wonderbolt Circus has targeted youth at risk in rural Labrador with the funds they received.

“The support of IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation is crucial in enabling Wonderbolt to achieve its goal of reaching out to the youth of our province, especially the most isolated and challenged, with innovative physical arts programs,” said Artistic Director Beni Malone. “Recent funding has helped us send toys and clothing to Natuashish and to help coordinate the Ninth Annual Kamataukatshiut Festival in the Innu communities in Labrador.”

Brighter Futures, a charitable organization made up of parents, community members and professionals from St. John’s and area, provides quality programs and services for families. They will use their funds in Bell Island.

“With this donation from IceCaps Care and Williams Family Foundation we will be able to develop an outdoor play area to add physical activities to our programs and a safe area for children,” said Roxanne Pottle, Executive Director. “Additionally, Brighter Futures can continue to offer nutritious snacks and develop a Container Gardening program once the site has a fence erected.”

Now in their third season, the St. John’s IceCaps, in conjunction with the Williams Family Foundation and IceCaps Care, have donated over $1 million through financial and in-kind donations, impacting more than 500 organizations throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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