Helping to Fund a New Hospital

Jamie Heap
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Shriners hold Third Annual Radio Telethon

(From left) Shriners Gary Bowser, 2013 Potentate Sir Wendell E. Dawson and Bruce Cowie helped raise money for the new Shriners Children's Hospital in Montreal that is slated to open in the summer of 2015 at a cost of $135 million. Over the past three years, the Cumberland Shriners Club has raised approximately $19,000 during its annual radio telethons at Tantramar Community Radio.

AMHERST-The Cumberland branch of the Nova Scotia-Prince Edward Island Philae Shriners did their part on Saturday to help raise money for a new Shriners’ Hospital for Children in Montreal, Quebec. Scheduled to open during the summer of 2015 at a projected cost of $135 million, Shriners Bruce Cowie, Gary Bowser and Potentate Sir Wendell E. Dawson realize that every dollar they raise matters.

“It’s a joy to help the children,” stated Cumberland Philae Shriners past president Bruce Cowie. “We’ve got 17 children in our care. Any child we support is 100% covered up until the age 18, continuing on to the age 25 if care is still required,” he added. “The Shriners look after another 400 children in Prince Edward Island.”

Joining Cowie and Cumberland Philae Shriners treasurer Gary Bowser at Tantramar Community Radio for the third annual Shriners Radio Telethon was 2013 Potentate Sir William E. Dawson of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

“The Cumberland Shriners is very active,” said Dawson. “They have 50 or 51 members in Amherst. They won the trophy for best Shriners club in all of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island last year. We’re very appreciative of all they do.”

Aside from caring for 17 Cumberland County children, the Cumberland Shriners also raise money by selling some 2,600 calendars that offer some great monetary prizes. Through the end of September, no fewer than 54 people had won prizes.

One winner was Ron Kirkbride of Maccan who won first prize ($25,000) in the Shriners Fezeroo ticket contest of Philae Temple and Cumberland Shriners. He purchased his ticket at Amherst Superstore. Twenty thousand tickets were sold this year.

In addition to Superstore, Shriners would like thank Sobeys, Walmart, the Farmers’ Market, Oxford Save Easy, Parrsboro Cross-Roads Co-op, Pugwash Co-op and Springhill Food Land for letting them sell their tickets in their stores, notwithstanding Chrysler Canada and Harley Davidson for donating prizes.

As for the Shriners Radio Telethon itself, it raised $7,000 in 2011, $7,000 in 2012 and another $5,000 in 2013. The Shriners’ goal was to reach the $20,000 mark.

“Thanks to the radio station (Tantramar Community Radio) for their patience,” stated Cowie. “Thanks as well to Bev Estabrooks for all of her hard work.”

Organizations: Shriners, Hospital for Children, Sobeys Walmart Parrsboro Cross-Roads Co Pugwash Co-op Harley Davidson Tantramar Community Radio

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County, Prince Edward Island Montreal Quebec Tantramar Community Charlottetown Nova Scotia

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