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(Posted 1 p.m., March 2)
Pub night raises over $2,000 for Outcare Foundation

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

An offer to help raise money for a local foundation that supports paliative care agencies in Eastern Ontario, turned into a music filled evening at the Tartan Pub Saturday night and an extra $2,000 for the Outcare Foundation.

Outcare Foundation chair and Navan resident John Bradley was approached by local musician and Tartan Pub regular Tom Taflor last month with an idea to bring together a bunch of fellow musicians from other bands for a one night stand to raise money for the Foundation. Tartan owner Chris Bishop gave them a venue and the rest is history.

The event brought together a number of friends from both the Navan area and Orléans and served the dual purpose of raising both money and awareness about the Outcare Foundation and the important work the agency does.

“This is fantastc. Events like this help us raise our profile in letting people know what the Foundation is all about and we can raise some money at the same time it's a win-win," says Bradley who also recieved a $1,000 cheque from the Navan Lions Club as part of their ongoing support of the Foundation amd its work.

In 2012 the club gave the Foundation $2,500 in support of it's telelink program which enables remote consultations between palliative care professionals in rural communities and local practitioners and their patients.

The club's latest contribution will be used to help fund the Outcare Foundaton's Campaign for Comfort aimed at providing the region's hospices with equipment used to improve the patient's quality of care.

The Lions Club contribution was raised through the many fundraising dinners it holds at the Navan Curling Club.

Navan Lions Club president David Patterson says its important for the club to continue to support agencies like the Ourcare Foundation given their demographics.

"All of our members are over the age of 50, some of us more so than others, and with the demands in our community such as they are -- cancer and these other diseases aren't going away -- we wanted to help John and the Foundation out, so we were able to raise our contribution," said Patterson.

The next Navan Lions Club dinner will be held on April 21 at the Navan Curling Club. Tickets for the roast pork and bean supper can be ordered through the Club's website at www.navanlions.ca/calendar.html..

For more information about the Outcare Foundation and the important work they do visit http://outcarefoundation.org/.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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