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KAWARTHA LAKES: Kawartha Lakes residents, dealing with the loss of a loved one, can rest easy, knowing that $87,000 of additional resource funding was just awarded to the community care initiative, for individuals who are grieving.
Community Care communications officer, Mike Puffer, said the money was awarded to the Kawartha Lakes division earlier this month, as part of the Aviva Canada Community Fund.
“The Community Care Health & Care Network was awarded $87,000, from the Aviva insurance company’s national competition to fund charitable community initiatives across Canada,” he said. “Community Care’s Hospice Services application for grief support funding was one of 10 projects to receive funding through the Aviva Community Fund. The winners were announced Dec. 5th on Aviva's website.”
According to Puffer, the grief support program proposal had quite the stiff competition to go up against.
“The $87,000 proposal for grief support services was one of more than 500 submitted to the competition, from all across Canada,” said Mr. Puffer. “Community Care’s Grief Support programs help people find their way through grief, while helping them live with renewed hope and happiness despite loss. The programs, offered through Community Care Hospice Services, are entirely unfunded by government sources.”
Mr. Puffer added, “The grief support proposal received a significant boost from many members of the public, who cast online votes in support of the funding proposal in October. Over the 10-day period, #GrieveNotAlone received more than 26,000 votes from supporters. The public vote was one criteria used by Aviva to assess the funding proposals. By placing in the top five projects in the Community Health category, the submission moved to the final round of Aviva consideration.”
Manager of Community Care Hospice Services, Ryan Alexander, said this funding means community members will be able to access grieving support services for free.
“Support from fundraising and development initiatives is required to continue operating our programs, at no cost to clients,” said Mr. Alexander. “The $87,000 proposal represents the annual cost for Community Care to present grief support.”
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