IceCaps Donate More Than $20,000 to Charities in April Posted by IceCaps on
IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation donated $22,500 to six local charities during the month of April.
The WestRock Community Centre, Agnes Pratt Foundation and the Matthew Legacy Committee all received $5,000 to support their endeavours in this province, while Mount Pearl Minor Baseball received $3000; the SPLASH Centre was awarded $2500 and the Autism Society was presented with $2,000.
“The support of IceCaps Care and the Williams Foundation will go directly towards our Teen Centre along with supports for our afterschool Safe Haven Literacy Program, geared towards improving graduation rates in the community and among at-risk kids,” said Ben Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the WestRock Community Centre in Corner Brook. “Also, having an organization such as the IceCaps include us, breaks down some of the stigma we face, shows the value of the programs we are offering and provides some exposure to the work we are doing.”
Funding for the Agnes Pratt Home will go towards renovating a protective care unit to make it “more home-like” and to modernize the bathing facilities for residents suffering from types of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, explained Fundraising Chair Paula Shortall. “We are sincerely thankful as IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation supported us when we really needed it,” added Ms. Shortall.
The Matthew Legacy Committee, chaired by Bonavista mayor Betty Fitzgerald, will use their funding to help restore the famous replica of the ship that John Cabot sailed in 1497 to discover Newfoundland and Labrador.
Mount Pearl Minor Baseball is spending their $3000 donation to build a minor baseball clubhouse at St. Peter’s Junior High field.
“This will be our signature field for our young players to gather and will house our office and storage areas,” said Brian Hunt, of Mount Pearl Minor Baseball. “The field is scheduled to be constructed this year and will have lights and a “Blue Monster” in the outfield…a takeoff of the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston,” he added.
Gregg Knott, Manager of Revenue Development for the Austism Society, Newfoundland and Labrador says funds from IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation will help provide resources for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“The money from IceCaps Care will go towards developing information kits for kids in our social thinking programs and their families and we are tremendously grateful,” said Mr. Knott.
The SPLASH Centre in Harbour Grace is a non-profit organization for young people ages 12-18 that are considered to be “at risk”.
“The donation we received from IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation will be used to help fund our Supper Program. Along with many structured programs and recreational activities, we provide a nutritious hot meal for our members five days a week,” said Amanda Mercer, Acting Executive Director, Harbour Grace Community Youth Network. “With their generous contribution, IceCaps Care and the Williams Family Foundation are assisting us in helping youth become much healthier, happier, successful and contributing members of our community.”