While the Carefor Cornwall Hospice is gearing up for their annual fund raising telethon through which they hope to raise $80,000, there is another way that the community can help them double that amount.
Cornwall Hospice, is a 10 bed residential facility that provides free end of life care for those who prefer not to stay in hospital or can no longer stay at home.
The services of the hospice have been used by many local residents, yet many are unaware of the facility and the service it offers.
Rhonda VanBeilen, a broker at Brister Insurance in Morrisburg had been unaware of the Cornwall Hospice until she learned about it from her brother David Lapier.
Once she learned about the facility she did something that could help Cornwall Hospice in a big way.
She nominated Cornwall Hospice for the national Aviva Community Fund contest which gives away $1 million to various organizations across the county.
For this nomination to become funds for Hospice, community support is needed.
VanBeilen explained that all you have to do is register at avivacommunityfund.org and then you are eligible to vote for this medium project once per day per email account.
“You only have to register once, so it’s easy,” said VanBeilen.
The top 30 projects according to number of votes will move on to the contest semi finals.
Last week the Carefor Hospice nomination was among the top 30, and VanBeilen hopes that they will be able to maintain that good standing to move on to the semifinals.
Carefor Cornwall Hospice is partially funded by the government, but $500,000 in fund raising over and above that funding is needed to keep it operational.