FREDERICTON, NB, February 1, 2018 – When the Fredericton North Rotary Club (FNR) read in the Daily Gleaner that the New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL) was in immediate need of funding for its Family Support program, they took action and quickly arranged a $10,400 donation.
“Rotary’s mottos are ‘service above self,’ and ‘take action,’ and so we did!” said Bonny Hoyt-Hallett, president of FNR.
“Supporting NBACL is a great fit for the Fredericton North Rotary Club,” she added. “The Association’s End Exclusion campaign is aimed at helping New Brunswick individuals and families who have an intellectual disability and need support. FNR is an active and important participant in the strong community life of the city, and we see Community Living as a vital part of our city, and our province.”
NBACL launched its End Exclusion campaign on Monday, Jan. 22. While the aim of the campaign is to raise $3 million in unrestricted funds over a five-year period, Executive Director Danny Soucy put out an urgent call for immediate help for the association’s Family Support program.
“We had been planning to contribute to the End Exclusion campaign, but when we heard that NBACL needs immediate funding for its Family Support program, we quickly contacted them to speed up our donation,” said Hoyt-Hallett. “We have earmarked our funds to support eight families in need.”
“This donation is very inspiring for NBACL,” said Danny Soucy as he accepted the cheque at the FNR’s weekly luncheon meeting. Considered the backbone of NBACL’s work, the Family Support program “works with families and individuals across the lifespan, through early childhood and school, the transition to adult life, and right on to helping to plan the fiscal well-being of a loved one with a disability when the parents are gone.
“Without a $125,000 shot in the arm by the end of March, it is quite likely that we will not be able to support young mothers and fathers, struggling families, or aging parents at some of the most critical times in their lives,” he said.
“The Fredericton North Rotary’s quick response to our call for help gives us hope that we just may be able to stop the gap and continue to offer support for the families who need us. Thank you to all the members of the Club for your generous support.”
As she presented the cheque to Soucy, Bonny Hoyt-Hallett commented on the fact that NBACL is a provincial organization, with staff working out of regional offices in Saint John, Moncton, Bathurst, Miramichi, Edmundston and St. Stephen.
“The need is province wide, so we’re not going to stop here,” she said. “Since Rotarians work to offer support at the local, provincial, national and international levels, the Fredericton North Rotary Club would like to challenge Rotary clubs across the province to also support NBACL and help End Exclusion in their community.”
For information on NBACL’s End Exclusion campaign, please call 506-453-4400, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nbacl.nb.ca.