News at Medicine - March 2008 - Med school fundraiser benefits six charities

Med school fundraiser benefits six charities
March 5, 2008
Six charities in the province are richer by $8,000 each thanks to the fundraising efforts of Memorial’s medical students. The money was raised at the 2007 Monte Carlo Gala, held Nov. 24 at the St. John’s Convention Centre.

The cheques were handed out Feb. 26 at the medical school. The selected charities were the Buckmaster Circle Community Centre, the Easting Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Libra House, the Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association, Raising the Roof, and the Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Buckmaster Circle Community Centre will use their money to invest in new programs and for the breakfast program for children. The Eating Disorder Foundation will use their money to increase publicity and awareness about eating disorders and promote education and treatment options. Libra House, which works with women and children in Labrador, will use the Monte Carlo money to fund and provide outreach that is inclusive and culturally sensitive. The NL Brain Injury Association will use their money for a New Beginnings Program. Raising the Roof, which supports choices for youth, will use the $8,000 for housing for at-risk youth ages 16 to 25 and pre-employment training. Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador will use their money to develop a Pee Wee Program for children ages five to 10, and to assist Team Newfoundland and Labrador in the National Winter Games.

The student organizers of Monte Carlo 2007 thanked everyone who supported the event, which raised more than $50,000.