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United Way of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry has reached 94 per cent of its $707,070 goal for the 2014 Annual Campaign.
The campaign was extended until January 9, 2015, with donations continuing to come in since that time bringing the total to 94 per cent.
“The generosity of our community is helping us to look after our neighbours and friends”, said Nolan Quinn, 2014 Campaign Chair.
“The support is overwhelming and it’s obvious we take of each other in SDG. We are truly grateful and thank all of our contributors”.
“On behalf of the United Way/Centraide of SD&G and our 16 funded member agencies, thank you to the kind and generous citizens of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry who have once again demonstrated the spirit of giving in support of our 2014 Community Campaign. Your kindness will go a long way towards providing much needed assistance to people living in SDG”, said Danny Aikman, Board President.
“Thank you to Nolan Quinn and Luc Lacelle for leading the Campaign once again this year. Your leadership and dedication was inspirational to the Campaign Team and all the volunteers who helped you along the way. Special thanks to Lori Greer who has quickly demonstrated her commitment to bettering the lives of all the people United Way/Centraide touches. The future is bright for the United Way/Centraide of SD&G and the Board of Directors looks forward to even greater successes in 2015”.
“We would like to thank our community for their tremendous generosity”, said Lori Greer, Executive Director of United Way. “We have received just over $664,000 of support – we definitely have reason to celebrate this result. We will be creative to do our best to maintain the same level of funding to our agencies and continue to help people here at home.”
The United Way of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry is governed by a local Board of Directors, who, with United Way staff and volunteers help to raise funds that assist 16 agencies (19 programs) throughout Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
Its mission is to improve lives by working together with priorities focused on moving people from poverty to possibility, healthy people, strong communities and all that kids can be.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is reminding residents to take steps to protect themselves when in areas where Lyme disease-carrying ticks may be found.
According to the EOHU, Eastern Ontario is seeing an increase in numbers and range of blacklegged ticks that carry Lyme disease, especially along the St. Lawrence River area.
“Fortunately, simple precautions can help protect against tick bites, and lower your risk of becoming infected with Lyme disease,” states Linda Cléroux, Manager of the Vector-borne Illness program at the EOHU.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks (deer ticks).
It can cause a rash that looks like a red bull’s eye, as well as flu-like symptoms. Left untreated, Lyme disease can affect the heart, nervous system or joints, but if caught early can generally be treated successfully.
Outdoor enthusiasts and those who work outdoors are at higher risk of being exposed to Lyme disease, especially if they spend time in wooded areas, tall shrubs or tall grass that may be tick-infested.
The EOHU advises those who spend time outdoors and in higher risk areas such as wooded areas, tall shrubs or tall grass to follow these precautions to lower their risk:
Apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothing and on all exposed skin. Read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for safe use.
Wear long sleeves, long pants, socks and closed footwear (avoid sandals or open shoes). Light-coloured clothing is best because it makes ticks easier to see and remove before they can attach to feed.
Tuck your shirt into your pants, and tuck your pants into your socks.
Examine your body for ticks after being in an area where there’s tall grass or shrubs, or where ticks are known to live. Showering after can also help remove ticks that have not yet attached.
Remove any attached ticks with tweezers. If possible, take the tick to the EOHU, where it will be sent away for species identification and, if necessary, tested for Lyme disease.
Pets may bring ticks into the house. Consult your vet about how you can protect your pet from ticks.
Contact your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms of Lyme disease (especially a bull’s eye rash).
For more information about Lyme disease and how you can protect yourself, visit www.eohu.ca. You can also call 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120, and ask for Health Line.