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Freewheelin’ Motorcycle Association Supports Hospice

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Basil Hodder of the Cape Breton Freewheelin’ Motorcycle Association presents a cheque for $1000 to Nancy Dingwall, Past Chair of the Hospice Palliative Care Society, in early April. This group on the move has been a loyal supporter of the Society’s efforts to provide comfort and care programs to patients and families in the Palliative Care Service.

2018 Port Morien Polar Bear Dip

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Polar Dip organizers Myrna Murphy(l) and Katherine MacDonald Snow (r) present a donation of $2600 to Hospice Palliative Care Society Board Member Jane Lewis.

The community of Port Morien’s  fun-filled annual New Year’s Day Polar Dip attracts brave swimmers to its shoreline for a brisk swim and heartfelt warmth and good food in the local Legion. Hospice Palliative Care was the 2018 charity of choice and for that the Society is most grateful! The two groups are planning to team up again in 2019 so get your bathing suits and blankets ready for next year’s Polar Dip!

6th Annual Shake Rattle and Roll for Hospice

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The 6th Annual Shake Rattle and Roll for Hospice is taking place on Saturday, April 28th, at Centre 200. It’s time to break out the disco balls, bell bottoms, neon, and BIG HAIR! We’re having a class reunion. Dress in your coolest duds from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s.

There will be prizes for the best costume for EACH DECADE!

Doors open at 8:00pm with live music beginning at 9:00pm.

Enjoy music from members of the Stars on 45 Crew, who will be playing hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Tickets are $60 and are available by phoning (902) 567- 8584. All proceeds go to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

Purchasing a ticket gives you a chance to win 2 tickets anywhere West Jet flies!

Thank You – Burger Week 2017

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The Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County wishes to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who participated in Burger Week 2017. Whether you were the hands that created the burgers, or the customer that enjoyed the burgers, we thank you! Burger Week would not be the success that it is without our supportive and generous community.

Sunflower Treasures 3 – Ten Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is a Pop-Up Shop?

A Pop-Up Shop is a short term sales space. Sunflower Treasures accepts donations in April that are then used as sales articles in May. Proceeds from the event go entirely to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

  1. What types of items can I donate?

Jewellery (contemporary and vintage); purses, accessories and ladies formal and cocktail wear, china, pottery, décor and entertaining items, collectibles, artwork, wall hangings, mirrors, fabric, yarn and quilting supplies, table linens, books, games, DVDs, special interest magazines and vinyl records/collections.

      3. When and where can I donate?

Donations can be brought to 291 Esplanade (across from Holiday Inn) on April 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th and 28th from 12:00pm-6:00pm.

  1. What shouldn’t I donate?

We ask that you kindly refrain from donating electronics and sports equipment. While we think it great to clear these items from your living space, Sunflower Treasures is not the home for them.

  1. What is the location and date of the sale?

Sunflower Treasures- A Pop-Up Shop will take place at 291 Esplanade, Sydney (across from the Holiday Inn). The dates of the sale are Friday and Saturday, May 4th and May 5th from 10:00am – 6:00pm, and Sunday, May 6th from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

  1. What is the cost of admission?

Admission is free! Our “fudge fairies” will be on site selling creamy homemade fudge that will be available with a donation.

  1. Do you accept credit cards?

The Pop-Up Shop is a cash only event. We are in close proximity to ATMS from Scotiabank, RBC and TD.

  1. What is considered formal wear?

Formal Wear is a new category to Sunflower Treasures. This includes clothing that is intended for special occasions such as prom gowns, bridesmaids dresses, cocktail dresses, mother of the bride pieces and evening gowns.

  1. What is done with the proceeds from the Pop-Up Shop?

Proceeds will support comfort and care programs and projects for palliative care patients and their families.

10. What is done with any unsold items?

Unsold items are donated to charity.

Second Wind Community Band Spring Concert

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The Second Wind Community Concert Band will present their annual June show in support of the Music Therapy Program of the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. This concert is taking place at the CBU Boardmore Theatre on Friday, June 8th at 7:30pm. The band is pleased to close out their 24th season with this event. Joining them are special guests the Cape Breton Comfort Choir and their host, Steve Sutherland. Enjoy some great music and hospitality!

Tickets are $15 and are available at Mercers Service Centre, Cape Breton Curiosity Ship , Hospice Palliative Care office and from any band member.

 

The Healing Powers of Music Therapy

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Published March 15, 2018
Chronicle Herald

It took over two months, but I finally listened to the CD my sister Paula made for me. I laughed and cried as she talked about the good and not so good times in our lives and her hopes. Her funny personality and wisdom shone through with her inspirational message. On New Year’s Eve, Paula was finally at peace after a five-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 48. I’ll always treasure the opportunity to hear her voice, though she’s no longer with us.

The CD was one of a number of projects she worked on in the last few months of her life. In April 2017, Paula was told her cancer was back; she had three to nine months to live. During one of her stays at An Calla, the palliative care unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Paula had the good fortune to meet music therapist Jill Murphy who works for the hospice. Paula was a bit skeptical at first when Jill talked to her about participating in music therapy, but it didn’t take long for Jill to convince her.

The year before, Paula had participated in the Art of Living and the Art of Medicine programs at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. She worked with wildlife photographer Kris Tynski to develop a photography project to talk about living with cancer. This project turned into a life-changing interest in photography for Paula.

Paula began to look forward to working with Jill. Initially, we weren’t sure what those projects were, but it gave Paula a new sense of purpose. Jill wrote a song for Paula, based on one of her photos. Paula loved it. Jill became a friend that Paula wished she’d had more time to spend with. Jill graciously played that song at Paula’s celebration of life.

Through the music therapy program, Paula made a number of CDs for family and friends which highlighted her humour, wisdom, photography and favourite music. The opportunity to create these legacy pieces for her loved ones brought peace to Paula. It was her chance to tell people what they meant to her. The CDs were sent out after Paula’s passing. While some people played their CDs right away, some of us waited until we felt the time was right. We want to thank Jill Murphy and the music therapy program for giving us such a special tribute from Paula.

March is Music Therapy Month across Canada. This is an amazing program that can help so many people. I am so grateful my sister had the opportunity to participate in it.

Helen Graham, Sydney, sister of Paula Graham

Sunflower Treasures 3 – Donations Wanted

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Every household has items that hold a place in our heart but no longer have a place in our home. These are pre-loved possessions including jewellery (contemporary and vintage); purses, accessories and ladies formal and cocktail wear, china, pottery, décor and entertaining items, collectibles, artwork, wall hangings, mirrors, fabric, yarn and quilting supplies, table linens, books, games, DVDs, special interest magazines and vinyl records/collections.

Please limit your donations to the categories listed above. Your donations will become sales articles for the three day Sunflower Treasures 3 Pop Up Shop. Proceeds will support comfort and care programs and projects for palliative care patients and their families.

Your donations of pre-loved items can be brought to:
291 Esplanade, Sydney (across from the Holiday Inn)
April 19, 20 and 21 | April 26, 27 and 28 12:00pm – 6:00pm daily

Looking forward to seeing you at the Sunflower Treasures 3 three day event!
Sale Dates: Friday, May 4 | Saturday, May 5 | Time: 10 am – 6 pm Sunday, May 6 | Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Location: 291 Esplanade, Sydney (across from the Holiday Inn)

Any unsold items will be donated to charity.

Rotary RibFest Cheque Presentation to Hospice Society

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On Monday, February 26th, the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County was presented with a cheque of $209,000. This cheque was the total amount raised at the gate over the last three years at Sydney’s RibFest, an event that is organized by the Rotary Clubs of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

RibFest not only raised a significant amount of money for the Society and the patients and families that it supports, it also created the opportunity for Hospice to  engage and expand the level of understanding of it’s role within it’s community.

The Society is forever grateful for this contribution. A special thanks extends to the supporters, volunteers, and donors that came together to make the event such a tremendous success.

 

 

Sydney RibFest to benefit Caleb’s Courage, Cancer Patient Care Fund

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SYDNEY, N.S. — If there’s one thing better than a pile of mouth-watering ribs, it’s the knowledge that chowing down on the tasty, barbequed cuts of meat will help others.

On Monday, organizers of the annual Sydney RibFest announced a new charity of choice to benefit from the incredibly popular food festival that last year attracted more than 35,000 people over its three-day, mid-July run at Open Hearth Park.

After partnering with the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton over the past three years, the Rotary Club fundraiser will this year work with the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation, which in turn will direct the event’s charitable proceeds to Caleb’s Courage and the Cancer Patient Care Fund.

That’s great news for the new recipients as the hospice society just received a cheque for more than $209,000, the amount raised for charity over the first three editions of the Sydney Ribfest that was first held in 2015.

Society executive director Aurelle Landry, who was among a crowd of about 70 people that attended the 2018 RibFest launch at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on Monday, called the financial gift “extraordinary” and acknowledged it was the largest single donation the society has ever received.

“RibFest not only raised a significant amount of money for our society and the patients and families we support, but it also created the opportunity for us to engage and expand the level of understanding of hospice palliative care and the society’s role in our community,” said Landry, who added that the society presently cares for hundreds of patients with life-limiting illnesses.

“Unfortunately, the need is growing, but for those who need it there is comfort and care available — this year we celebrate 10 years since the An Cala (palliative care) unit in the regional hospital opened its doors.”

The event’s new charities of choice — Caleb’s Courage and the Cancer Patient Care Fund – were unveiled by hospital foundation CEO Brad Jacobs, who said both causes were near and dear to the hearts of everyone involved with the foundation.

“After losing their son to neuroblastoma, Caleb’s parents, Mike and Nicole (MacArthur) set out on a mission to build a room at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital that would help support critically ill children and their families and I can say, that without question, one of the most impactful days I have had during my time here was (last) May 17th when I stood with the MacArthurs and watched that room open,” said Jacobs.

“They have created what I call a movement and not a fundraising project and they have raised more than $388,000.”

For their part, the MacAruthers, whose initiative brought the Caleb-inspired superhero room to fruition, said they were thrilled to learn that Caleb’s Courage is now part of RibFest.

“It’s a great event to be a part of,” said Nicole, who, with husband Mike, has four other children, including a set of twins. “We are honoured and overjoyed — we actually go to the event as a family every year, it’s a family-oriented event, and Caleb’s spirit is very much about families and raising money for families by families.”

Added Mike: “The fact that we have lived the journey means we understand the important work people are doing to help patients, particularly children — we’ve tried to take something that was a tragic event for us and make it into something positive, so this event (RibFest) is a perfect example of the community coming together to support others in the community.”

Meanwhile, it was also announced that, for the fourth consecutive year, the event’s “prime ribber” sponsor is Destination Membertou.

“For us, supporting events that reach into every community across Cape Breton and to bring people together for a worthy cause is a pleasure, so yes, we will back this up, yes, we will be the prime ‘ribber’ and yes, we will eat most of the ribs,” said Chief Terry Paul, whose final comment drew a huge collective laugh from the crowd.

This year’s RibFest, featuring food, live music and family fun, will take place July 13-15 and will once again be held in Open Hearth Park.

david.jala@cbpost.com

FAST FACTS

WHAT: Fourth Annual Sydney RibFest

WHEN: July 13-15, 2018

WHERE: Open Hearth Park, Sydney

WHO: Organized by the Rotary Clubs of the CBRM; presenting sponsor is Destination Membertou

WHY: Food festival to raise funds for Caleb’s Courage and Cancer Patients Care Fund; previous three RibFests raised more than $209,000 for the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton

CO-CHAIRS: John Malcom and Everett Reid

ONLINE: www.SydneyRibFest.com

-David Jala, Cape Breton Post