Saskatoon area Steelworkers donate televisions to local cancer centre



    SASKATOON, June 5 /CNW/ - Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy at the
Saskatoon Cancer Centre now have new television sets to help them pass the
time during treatment. On Wednesday the United Steelworkers (USW) Saskatoon
Area Council donated four brand new 15-inch LCD HD televisions for use in the
Cancer Centre's main floor chemo suite.
    Present to accept the donation from United Steelworkers' Gord Telfer and
Audrey Kondraczynski were Wanda Blake, from the Saskatoon Cancer Agency and
Heather Doell, from the Saskatoon Centre.
    "We are grateful for the donation from the United Steelworkers," says Ms.
Blake. "The televisions purchased for our chemotherapy suite will be greatly
appreciated by our patients. The average time period for a chemotherapy
treatment is approximately four hours, so having something to help occupy
their minds while receiving treatment will assist our patients tremendously."
    The initiative to donate the TV's was sparked by Gord Telfer, a former
USW Local 8914 president and employee at the Cameco Key Lake mine site, who is
undergoing chemotherapy. Telfer approached the USW Saskatoon Area Council,
which approved the donation.
    "Our members, their families and friends and others in Saskatoon and
outlying areas in the province, rely on the centre's services," says USW
Western Canada Director Stephen Hunt. "Our union is proud of Gord Telfer's
initiative to help make a difference for people when they have to use the
facilities."
    Telfer subsequently contacted Cameco, which is also making a donation of
$1,000, which will go to purchase five more TV sets for the chemotherapy
suite.

    The Saskatoon Cancer Agency, a provincially funded organization that also
relies on donations from individuals, organizations and corporations, operates
chemotherapy and radiation clinics in Saskatoon and Regina and assists
regional health authorities with a network of 16 oncology sites throughout the
province.

    The United Steelworkers is Canada largest private sector union with
280,000 members in all sectors of the economy. The union represents over 5,000
workers in Saskatchewan.





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For further information: Roger Falconer: (306) 382-2122


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