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A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS

- Health Unit Staff Members Show Their Support With Donations to Various Community Agencies -

Local organizations that assist others in the community are getting a little help from their friends at the Health Unit.

Recently, employees of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit have contributed several thousands of dollars to a variety of groups in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

“Each year we try to support worthwhile causes that are making a difference for people in our region, and the charitable organizations that we are supporting certainly fit the bill,” says Elsie Azevedo Perry, a staff member with the HKPR District Health Unit.

Over the past year, the largest contribution from Health Unit staff has gone to the United Way organizations in Northumberland County and City of Kawartha Lakes. Nearly $5,600 in payroll deductions from Health Unit staff went to the United Way in 2014.

Last fall and over the past holiday season, Health Unit staff also made other donations:

• Approximately $700 is being donated to The Help Centre of Northumberland. The money was raised by HKPR staff in the Health Unit’s Port Hope office through a holiday Silent Auction, a baking fundraiser and 50/50 draws held last fall. The Help Centre of Northumberland advocates for low-income residents and strives to create innovative services to fill gaps by assisting with income and housing needs, as well as legal advice and representation. The Health Unit and Help Centre have been working together for several years to address factors such as local poverty and food security issues.

• Port Hope staff also organized a toy drive to collect toys and gift cards for the Northumberland Giving Tree, a community-based program which helps provide gifts for local children who may otherwise not find a present under their tree Christmas morning. In addition, Health Unit staff collected 159 pounds of food and other items for local food.

• In lieu of a holiday luncheon, Health Unit staff in the Haliburton office recently donated $200 to SIRCH Community Services. Founded in 1989 to identify and meet gaps in social and health services, SIRCH has developed dozens of community-based programs and services in Haliburton County. Haliburton staff also donated food items to the ‘Fill the Truck’ food drive.

• Health Unit staff in the Lindsay office collected items for the Kawartha Lakes Food Source, while also organizing a bake sale and donating the $80 proceeds from it to the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Elsie Azevedo Perry, Public Health Nutritionist, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100,

or Sarah Tsang, Registered Dietitian, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100

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