SAINT JOHN, NB, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Irving Oil's Fuel the Care program
is marking a significant milestone this year: more than 40,000 families
from across Atlantic Canada and New England have now been helped by
this program. This milestone coincides with the program's 11th anniversary. The program provides fuel cards to families with a child
facing critical health care challenges.
"We had to travel every two to three weeks to visit specialists and put
a plan in place to save our son's life before he was even born," says
Kelly Willington, whose son was born with a rare genetic disorder
called Edwards Syndrome. "We were at the IWK Health Centre a lot, which
meant travelling from Moncton. As a single-income family with three
other kids, we were concerned about the cost of fuel; Fuel the Care has
meant so much to us and not only helped relieve some of the financial
burden but also helped us during a stressful and uncertain time in our
Social Workers at the IWK Health Centre and other partner hospitals in
Atlantic Canada and New England work directly with patient families to
help assess their needs and access Fuel the Care. "We see first-hand
the impact this program has on families experiencing tremendous stress
and worry," says Heather Prosser, Social Worker at the Prenatal Special
Care Unit at the IWK Health Centre. "It makes our role a little easier
to be able to offer assistance to families in need, so they can focus
on what's most important - being together and helping their children."
Fuel the Care Program partner hospitals in Atlantic Canada and New
England include: the Saint John Regional Hospital in Saint John, New
Brunswick; the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia; the Janeway
Child Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland &
Labrador; Eastern Maine Healthcare Network in Maine and the Children's
Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD) in New Hampshire.
"It's hard to imagine anything more worrying than having a sick child in
the hospital, and it's a privilege to be able to provide a degree of
support to families in this situation," says Paul Browning, President &
CEO of Irving Oil. "We are deeply committed to Fuel the Care, which
helps remove at least one small worry for families who have more
important matters to focus on."
On Irving Oil's Facebook page, users are encouraged to add their support
to Fuel the Care; by simply sharing the Fuel the Care message on their
own page, users will be entered to win a $500 Irving Oil gift card and
Irving Oil will contribute an extra $25 to the Fuel the Care program.
For more information about Fuel the Care, visit www.facebook.com/irvingoil.
About Irving Oil
Irving Oil is a privately owned regional energy and marketing company
that provides Eastern Canada and New England with high-quality products
and customer service. Founded in 1924 and based in Saint John, NB,
Irving Oil maintains a strong tradition of committed community service
and partnerships through programs in healthcare, the environment,
education and youth sports. For more information about Irving Oil and
its community programs, please visit us at www.irvingoil.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/irvingoil.
SOURCE: Irving Oil
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