Program helps cover the fuel costs for families who are required to
travel for their children's medical care
HALIFAX, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - This year, Irving Oil's Fuel the Care
program marked its 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, Fuel the Care has provided fuel gift
cards to over 35,000 families with children who require medical care
throughout Atlantic Canada and New England.
In January 2008, Joe and his wife Christa gave birth to quadruplets —
two girls, Julia and Morah and two boys, Alex and Ben. The children
were born at just 29 weeks and needed immediate, round-the-clock care.
They were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia,
which is two hours away from the MacKinnons' home in the Annapolis
Joe and Christa took turns staying at the hospital, spending as much
time as they could with their babies. Irving Oil's Fuel the Care
program not only allowed the MacKinnons to travel for their babies'
healthcare, but also to bring their son, Matthew, who was at home
waiting to meet his siblings. After 100 days, the MacKinnon family was
reunited and at home once again after such an incredible journey and
countless hundreds of kilometers. The four babies, who were all born
weighing just a little over a kilogram each, are now running around the
house as healthy three and a half year olds.
"Life was already busy with our older boy Matthew, who is autistic and
requires our full love and support," Joe MacKinnon said. "We had not
heard of Fuel the Care until Heather Prosser, our wonderful social
worker, told us about the program. We were beyond excited when we found
out how Fuel the Care could help us with the cost of our daily travel
back and forth to the hospital."
"The love and devotion of our friends, family, Heather and the Fuel the
Care program allowed our family to stay together. Families are stronger
when they are together. It helps your little ones grow and get
stronger," added Joe.
Fuel the Care is administered to families in Nova Scotia through social
workers and hospital administrators at the IWK Health Centre. With many
families facing monthly travel costs of several hundred dollars for
accommodation, food and other necessities, Fuel the Care gives them one
less thing to worry about. "The program has been a beacon of hope for
many of our patient families," said Heather Prosser, Social Worker at
the IWK Health Centre.
Four additional hospitals participate in the Fuel the Care program in
Atlantic Canada and New England: the Saint John Regional Hospital in
Saint John, NB; the Janeway Child Health and Rehabilitation Centre in
St. John's, NL; EMHS in Maine and the Children's Hospital at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD) in New Hampshire.
"Many of us have seen how devastating it is for a family when a child
becomes ill. We know Fuel the Care does not solve all of their worries
when their children face illness, but it does allow them to have one
less thing to be concerned about," said Mike Ashar, President of Irving
Oil. "Over the last ten years we have received tremendous, positive
feedback from Fuel the Care families. So as the program continues to
grow, we are proud to offer this service to ease the burden on families
in communities throughout Nova Scotia."
About Fuel the Care
Since 2002, Irving Oil's Fuel the Care program has helped over 35,000
families throughout Atlantic Canada and New England. The program
provides fuel gift cards to parents who must frequently travel to
provide their children with urgent medical care. In addition to
providing families with over $2 million in fuel gift cards, Fuel the
Care has also provided $350,000 in funding for research into childhood
diseases. For more information about Fuel the Care, visit www.facebook.com/irvingoil.
About Irving Oil
Irving Oil was founded in 1924 and is a privately owned regional
refining and marketing company with a history of long-term partnerships
and relationships. Irving Oil operates Canada's largest refinery, in
Saint John NB, which is located 65 miles north of the US border and has
reached production rates in excess of 300,000 barrels per day. The
refinery exports over 80 per cent of its production to the US and
accounts for 75 per cent of Canada's gasoline exports to the US and 19
per cent of all US gasoline imports. In 2003, Irving Oil became the
first oil company to receive a US Environmental Protection Agency Clean
Air Excellence Award, for its clean gasoline. For more information
about Irving Oil, visit www.irvingoil.com.
SOURCE Irving Oil Limited
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