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Construction begins this week on new Wellspring cancer support centre

Building start marks Giving Tuesday in Edmonton and call for Wellspring donations

Edmonton, December 3, 2013 – Construction starts this week on the Wellspring Edmonton cancer support centre, marking the nationally recognized day for giving and volunteering known as Giving Tuesday. When completed in 2014, the 12,000-square-foot Wellspring Edmonton centre will help Edmonton and northern Alberta cancer patients, their families and caregivers overcome the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

“Cancer touches everyone. We all know someone – a family member, a friend, a co-worker or a neighbor – who has had their life turned upside down by cancer,” said Wellspring Edmonton board chair Dr. Glenn Hundleby. “We are calling on everyone to help us build a place of hope for anyone living with cancer by making a donation to Wellspring Edmonton on Giving Tuesday.”

“Every donation will go directly to help build and operate Wellspring Edmonton and ensure that no one will have to face cancer alone,” added Hundleby. When the doors open in 2014, cancer patients and their families will be able to access a wide range of free education and support programs at Wellspring Edmonton, including peer support, youth programs, arts in medicine, fitness and nutrition.

Wellspring Edmonton has raised nearly $5 million to date and the goal is to raise a further $2 million to complete the facility and operate it for its first three years. Much of the building’s design and materials are gifts-in-kind from 50 local builders and contractors led by Qualico and Landmark Group of Builders. “The generous donation of time and material to this project by Edmonton’s building community is a perfect example of the gift of hope Edmontonians can provide to Wellspring,” said Hundleby.

The Wellspring Edmonton construction site is located at 65 Avenue and 113 Street, next to the iconic Kiwanis Club of South Edmonton Christmas tree lot.

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

Media availability today: Dr. Glenn Hundelby, Wellspring Edmonton board chair, is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for interviews, including interviews at the building site if requested.

Media contact: Jim Rudolph, Wellspring Edmonton Volunteer Board Member Office: 780-454-9966 Cell: 780-690-5166 Email: jim@jgrcommunications.com

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