St. Michael’s receives sizeable donation

Residents of a Burnaby care home can look forward to more outings, entertainment and special events thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers who recently donated $12,000 to the centre.   

Members of the St. Michael’s Centre Auxiliary presented Tapestry Foundation for Health Care, the main fundraiser for hospitals and residences operated by Providence Health Care, with a cheque for $12,000. The money will be used for activities for residents of Burnaby’s St. Michael’s Centre. The money was raised through a variety of ways, including sales from the auxiliary’s gift shop at the home and private donations from individuals.

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“We’re currently a small core of volunteers doing this (15 members in 2013-2014). We have eight who work in the St. Michael’s gift shop, but we’re supported financially by all members and are extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished,” said Maureen McMahon, auxiliary president since 2007, in a release. “Some auxiliary members are now older and less mobile than they once were, but they still continue to support us in one way or another.”

Since 1980, the auxiliary has seen about 100 members donate their time and money to help improve the lives of residents in the facility. The funds raised go towards events, entertainment, bus outings, Christmas comfort funds and flowers for hospice patients.

Currently, St. Michael’s Centre houses 128 residents and operates 16 hospice care beds.

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