Royal Canadian Legion grant supports equipment for AGH

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The Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor (AGH/FVM) Foundation was pleased to receive recent confirmation of a $7,500 grant from the Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation of the Royal Canadian Legion. The grant will be used to purchase a bariatric bed for the Rosamond Unit at Almonte General Hospital.

“As an Almonte resident and President of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 240, Almonte, I am very happy that the Foundation was successful in applying for this grant to assist with the funding of medical equipment for our Hospital,” said John Souter.

The Royal Canadian Legion’s Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation is committed to helping local hospitals, health care clinics, fire departments and other not-for-profit organizations involved in health care within the province.

Grants from the Charitable Foundation are funded by the generous donations from local Legion branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries of the funds raised at the local level during the Legion’s annual Poppy Campaign.

“We are delighted to receive this very generous grant from the Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation, and for the support of our local Legion Branch,” said AGH/FVM Foundation Executive Director Gerry Huddleston.

“The ongoing support of the Legion and other community groups, businesses and individuals is vital in helping to purchase new equipment and replace aging equipment at our Hospital,” said Foundation Board member Al Lunney. “No government funding is available for this purpose.”

The Legion Charitable Foundation has awarded a total of nearly $16 million in grants to help communities acquire a wide variety of medical equipment, which, in turn, assists veterans, seniors and many others who use this equipment.

 For the 2011-2012 period, the Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation awarded 113 grants totalling $531,000 to organizations throughout Ontario. Of that total, $55,900 was given to seven applicants within Eastern Ontario, including the $7,500 was awarded to AGH.