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$2 million needed for Wellspring Edmonton to open doors in 2015

$2 million needed for Wellspring Edmonton to open doors in 2015

Campaign co-chair Tommy Banks marks Giving Tuesday with call for donations

Edmonton, December 2, 2014 – The Wellspring Edmonton campaign is marking Giving Tuesday, the national day to recognize volunteering and philanthropic giving, with a call for Edmontonians to help open and operate the new community-driven, not-for-profit, support centre for cancer patients and their families in the Edmonton Region.

The Honourable Tommy Banks, campaign co-chair for Wellspring Edmonton, said $2 million is still needed for the Wellspring Centre to open in the fall of 2015 and operate for the following three years.

“Wellspring Edmonton will offer programs and services designed to help people affected by cancer regain control of their lives,” said Banks. “We’re well on our way to completing the building, but money is needed to run those programs. We urge Edmontonians in the spirit of Giving Tuesday to help us raise the money needed to open and operate this facility, which will help countless cancer patients and their families.”

Free programs for cancer patients and their families

Wellspring Edmonton will offer unique workshops, classes and individual support services such as yoga, nutrition, art, exercise, counselling and peer support. These programs will be delivered by professionals and trained volunteers and will be free of charge.

“Cancer touches everyone and we are very grateful for all of the support we have received so far,” said Banks. “As we reach further into the community, we are confident Edmontonians will donate their expertise, dollars, energy and networks to the Wellspring Edmonton Facing Cancer Together campaign. Please help us ensure that everyone touched by cancer can find the support they need at Wellspring Edmonton.”

Workers pour concrete into a foundation as building commences on Wellspring Edmonton facility, June 2014.

Workers pour concrete into a foundation as building commences on Wellspring Edmonton facility, June 2014.

Construction started in June 2014 on the 1,100-square-metre (12,000 square-foot) facility at 65 Avenue and 113 Street. Over 100 local building suppliers and construction companies led by Qualico and Landmark Group of Builders have donated a total of $3 million in labour and materials to the $5 million project. The concrete basement was completed this fall and construction of the building is underway.

Wellspring Edmonton is a registered charitable non-profit organization. To learn more and to make a donation, visit www.wellspring.ca/edmonton .

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