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Released March 8, 2010



Newfoundland Labrador Housing Tenants
Across the Province Raise Money for Haiti

Spearheaded by their associations, Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) tenants throughout the province raised $1,808 for Haitian earthquake victims. The amount was matched by Housing for a grand total of $3,616. The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Housing, joined the tenant representatives as they donated the funds to the Canadian Red Cross on March 5.

“It is quite heartening when people are willing to give of themselves to make life better for others,” said Minister Hedderson. “This is a very generous gesture from our tenant households across the province, many of whom have faced personal challenges and know first-hand the difference it makes when someone reaches out to help.”

Representatives from three of the participating tenant associations met with Minister Hedderson to donate the proceeds to the Red Cross. Lorraine Terry represented the Neighbourhood Enhancement Association of Froude Avenue-Cashin Avenue, St. John’s; Myrtle Mitchell represented the Eric-McKay Tenant Association, St. John’s; and Jim Martin represented the Burin-Black Duck Cove Tenant Association, Burin. Other tenant associations who donated funds were: Wishingwell-Algerine, Buckmaster’s Circle, Rabbittown, and Parkside Parents Committee, St. John’s; Forestside Manor Seniors and Hilltop Tenant Association, Corner Brook; St. Lawrence Tenant Association; and ACE Tenant Association, Bishop’s Falls. Vanessa Froud accepted the donation on behalf of the Red Cross.

“Our tenant associations throughout the province often get together on a regular basis to raise funds for various causes,” said Ms. Terry. “When the earthquake struck and the first television images of the death and destruction started coming into our homes – we felt strongly that we had to help out. It is very empowering to know that you can make a difference and we knew that every cent towards this cause would help a child or a family in some way. I would like to say, on behalf of all of our provincial tenant associations, that we appreciate all the support we have received from our communities.”

Minister Hedderson also noted that last month Housing employees donated $2,250 to Haiti relief, which was also matched dollar for dollar by the organization. The grand total donated by tenants and employees is now at $8,116.

Photo: The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Housing (Housing), on March 5, joined some of the Housing tenants whose tenant associations from around the province raised $1,808 for Haitian earthquake victims. The amount was matched by Housing for a grand total of $3,616. From left, Minister Hedderson poses with Myrtle Mitchell, Eric-McKay Tenant Association, St. John’s; Lorraine Terry, Froude Avenue-Cashin Avenue Neighbourhood Enhancement Association, St. John’s; Canadian Red Cross representative Vanessa Froud, who accepted the donation; and Jim Martin, Burin-Black Duck Cove Tenant Association, Burin.

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Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
rogerscaplen@gov.nl.ca
Jenny Bowring
Communications Manager
Newfoundland Labrador Housing
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca