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Dave Walsh - Wish Blog

Chocolate, Cheese, & Cancer - Cancer is scary at any age. It is a word that once uttered can silence a room. It affects us all, young and old. It is a difficult journey to face and even more so to beat. No parent ever wants to hear that their child has cancer; unfortunately that is not the case. Enter the Children’s Wish Foundation - a ray of hope and healing for families with a sick child.   Staring down his 2nd Birthday, Jaxson has proven himself to be one tough kid! Sure, from the outside he looks like your typical tot. He loves chocolate and cheese, playing with cars, playing ball... and apparently has quite a few dance moves. Jaxson looks up to his big brother Morgan because Morgan has always looked out for Jaxson. But what makes Jaxson exceptionally tough is he is taking on cancer, and he's winning!   A group of employees from ScotiaMcLeod are raising $10,000 by September 26th to grant young Jaxson’s Wish, through Exile Island – a corporate challenge based on the popular TV show Survivor.   “We became involved by chance actually.” Says Cathy O’Brien, Senior Associate, ScotiaMcLeod. “Last year we volunteered at the United Way’s Day of Caring and were paired with the Children’s Wish Foundation. Our day involved testing the challenges for their upcoming Exile Island. Needless to say we were intrigued and hence our Tribe began to take shape for this years’ event. We are so excited to be a part of Exile Island. The benefits are all reaching…

Photo : Dave Walsh July 22, 2014
Photo : Joshua Dawson July 14, 2014

Janet Bradbury-Pennell - Singing across Ireland

November 08, 2013

Singing across Ireland - What do you get when you cross 45 Newfoundland 50-plus choir members and an oversees flight to Ireland? A lot of singing and laughing and basically no sleep for anyone on board. That was the scene on Sept. 19 when members of the St. John's based Fortissimos and The Legatos Choirs, both directed by Janet Bradbury-Pennell boarded the Air Canada flight. With the assistance of a phenomenal tour leader, Hilda Pollard-Milley, there was a to-die-for itinerary awaiting them in Ireland. From start to finish, said Pennell, it was an exceptional experience! The whole idea of the trip was for those who hadn't experienced Ireland before to do so and also it was meant to bond the choir members, some of whom have been with the choir for seven years — some for only a few months. But from the get-go it was one-for all and all-for-one. We did three performances: one in Galway where we helped fundraise for a new roof for the 300-year old St. Kummins Church and where we met and spoke with most of the audience who all seemed to have a story to tell about Newfoundland and our connection. One of the local people was from our very own Avondale, a Mr. Flynn, who met and married an Irish lady while teaching in Labrador and then they both moved back to Galway 30 years ago. From Galway the choir travelled to Waterford where they performed at City Hall — the area where so many of the choirs' ancestors had left those…

Photo : Geoff Gallant September 18, 2013