GREELY — Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Greely & District Branch, local school children and representatives from some wonderful local causes met on June 17 for food, social time, awards and donations. The Greely & District Royal Canadian Legion Branch 627 was pleased to disburse the funds from its 2018 Poppy Campaign. Following the presentations, guests were invited to mix-and-mingle and enjoy some light refreshments before the Legion called their official meeting to order.
Remembrance Day poetry and drawing contests were held for school children from Vimy Ridge and Robert Bateman Public Schools. Several students and their families were on hand to accept their awards.
Two charities accepted their gifts from the poppy distribution. Kristen Casselman, Managing Director of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation, was pleased to accept a $2,000 gift in support of medical equipment purchases as the hospital. Representatives from the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre were on hand to accept a $2,000 gift as well.
At the ceremony, Kristen Casselman noted: “I am so honoured to be invited back to accept this wonderful donation on behalf of the WDMH Foundation. This gift will be used to help purchase much needed equipment such as two new ultrasound machines. I am pleased to let you know that the ultrasound machines arrived at WDMH on May 30th and are up and running. Your gift will help a lot people as we have performed about 70,000 ultrasounds in the last ten years. Thanks so much for helping to ensure that we have this technology at WDMH for our patients.”
Since 2002, RCL Branch 627 has given almost $42,000 to WDMH.