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Raising funds to provide supports for 900 children in care and their families
Fundraising has officially begun for the NLCU Charitable Foundation’s (NLCU CFC) 20th Annual Walk-A-Thon, which will occur between June 11 and 17, 2023.
The charity of choice for this year’s Walk-A-Thon is the Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association (NLFFA). The NLFFA works in partnership with all stakeholders within the foster care program to meet the needs of Foster Families and to enhance the care and support provided to our province’s children in care and their families.
NLCU CFC President and Board Chair Glenn Bolger highlighted the importance of the work done by the NLFFA. “Today there are about 900 children in care in our province. The Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association is a wonderful organization that provides advocacy, care, and support that are critical to enriching the wellbeing of the children in care and their families. The NLCU Charitable Foundation is proud to be supporting such an important organization.”
Bolger, who is also CEO of NLCU – the largest credit union in Newfoundland and Labrador – acknowledged that the Walk-A-Thon is made possible thanks to the ongoing support of the Boards of both the NLCU CFC and NLCU, and in particular the employees of NLCU, who are the NLCU CFC’s main volunteers.
NLFFA Executive Director Kelli Hodder expressed sincere appreciation to the NLCU Charitable Foundation for selecting their organization as this year’s charity of choice. “The Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association is a non-profit organization with a dedicated Board of Directors, many of who are foster parents themselves, and three hard-working staff who cover the entire province of Newfoundland and Labrador. These funds would enable the NLFFA to expand in-person and virtual training opportunities for foster parents, and enhance supports available to families as they navigate the fostering journey.”
All donations are tax deductible and can be made through the NLCU CFC’s website (www.nlcucfc.com) by clicking the “Donate Now” link or by donating at any one of NLCU’s 12 locations province-wide. Donations will be collected until June 24, 2023.
Walk-A-Thon participants will walk alone or in small groups at whichever locations and at whatever distances they prefer. Photos taken during their walks will be shared on social media using the hashtag #NLCUCFCWalkathon.
NLCU CFC 19th Annual Walk-A-Thon Full of Heart
Once again, the NLCU Charitable Foundation (NLCU CFC) surpassed its $25,000 fundraising target for its annual walk. The 19th Annual Walk-A-Thon was held from June 4-11, 2022, with fundraising efforts concluding a week later. More than $26,600 was raised.
Of those funds, $10,000 will be donated to this year’s charity of choice, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. Glenn Bolger, Chairperson of the NLCU CFC, said it’s a significant cause for our province’s population in particular. “Newfoundland and Labrador has some of the highest rates of heart disease and stroke in Canada. Our foundation was proud to raise funds for Heart & Stroke, as they do groundbreaking research that helps save lives.”
Bolger, who is also CEO of NLCU, praised the fundraising efforts of the foundation’s volunteers. “NLCU employees are the main volunteers for our foundation and they always go above and beyond to help our communities. Their efforts to raise funds for this year’s annual walk-a-thon is just one example. They really put their hearts into it.”
Walk-A-Thon participants walked alone or in small groups at whichever locations and at whatever distances they preferred. Photos taken during their walks were shared on social media using the hashtag #NLCUCFCVirtualWalkathon.
Remaining proceeds of the Annual Walk-A-Thon will be distributed to other charities throughout the year.
NLCU CFC's 19th Annual Walk-A-Thon is Virtual This Year
NLCU invites credit union members, family, friends, and businesses in our communities to participate in the 19th Annual Walk-A-Thon of the NLCU Charitable Foundation (NLCU CFC). NLCU’s Board of Directors and employees, who are dedicated NLCU CFC volunteers, will be hosting their own Walks from June 4 to June 11, 2022, across the province.
This year’s charity of choice for the Walk-A-Thon is the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (“Heart & Stroke”). For more than 60 years, Heart & Stroke has been dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The organization is a leading funder of life-saving research, which has led to breakthroughs such as heart transplant surgery and a revolutionary stroke treatment that cuts the death rate by 50%. Their work has saved thousands of lives and improved the lives of millions of others.
Heart disease, stroke and related conditions take one life every five minutes in Canada. An estimated 1.6 million more are living with the devastating effects of these diseases. Funds raised by this year’s Walk-A-Thon will help Heart & Stroke continue the fight against heart disease, stroke, and related conditions. We are asking for your kind support in any way you can. All donations are tax deductible. Click the 'donate now' button, or donate at any one of our 12 locations province-wide.
As the charity of choice, Heart & Stroke will receive 50% of the funds raised, up to a maximum of $10,000, with the remaining funds going to the NLCU CFC for distribution to other local charities.
NLCU Charitable Foundation Corporation Walks in Support
Of Canadian Red Cross
The 18th Annual Walk-A-Thon of the NLCU Charitable Foundation (the “Foundation”) was held as a virtual walk for the second year in a row, raising over $28,000 and exceeding its original fundraising goal of $25,000. The walk-a-thon was held between May 30 and June 6, with fundraising efforts concluding a week later.
Allison Chaytor-Loveys, Chairperson of the Foundation and CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union (NLCU), is delighted with the outcome. “Once again, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have shown the depths of their generosity in their support of this event. It’s wonderful that we were able to raise more than we’d hoped for, as these funds go towards supporting local charities that do some great work in our communities.”
To maintain physical distancing and other health and safety protocols, Walk-A-Thon participants were encouraged to walk alone or with their bubble mates at whichever locations and at whatever distances they preferred. To make it virtual, photos taken during their walks were shared on social media using the hashtag #NLCUCFCVirtualWalkathon.
Chaytor-Loveys praises the work of the walk-a-thon’s volunteers, the vast majority of whom are NLCU employees. “As they do each year, our volunteers did a tremendous job raising awareness and securing pledges. They are the backbone of our Foundation.”
Every year a different charity is chosen to receive a significant portion of the funds raised at the Annual Walk-A-Thon. This year’s charity of choice, the Canadian Red Cross, is to receive $10,000. “Those funds will go towards the Canadian Red Cross’ Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP), which provides short-term loans of mobility aids and health equipment for free,” says Chaytor-Loveys, adding that “just last year, more than 6,000 pieces of equipment were loaned to people in need.”
The remaining proceeds of the Annual Walk-A-Thon will be distributed to other charities throughout the year.