CLARENVILLE, N.L. — Power to Hope contributed an extraordinary sum to the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation today — as part of their annual dinner and dance fundraiser — the organization donated $75,000.
This contribution, their largest yet, brought Power to Hope’s total funds raised up to $250,000 since its inception. Power to Hope member Nancy Robbins called the number a significant milestone for the group.
Power to Hope is a non-profit organization launched by local fitness business Power Conditioning Inc., owned and operated by Ryan Power. Originally started to support Janice Davidson, a local cancer survivor, the organization continues to fundraise for cancer related causes in the province.
“Think about that for a moment,” said an emotional Robbins. “A small group of friends looking to make a difference in the lives of a close friend during her time of need had grown into something as significant and touching so many lives and instilling hope during people’s most difficult and stressful times.”
In contribution to the fundraising efforts, Power to Hope was also joined by the Hebron Project Employers Association which pledged $25,000 per year over the next four years.
Clarenville Coun. Lloyd Parrott — Power to Hope member and Hebron Project Employers Association board member — said he was proud to be a part of something that does this kind of work.
“This is the best example I’ve ever seen in my life of community volunteerism, and philanthropic endeavours,” said Parrott to those in attendance.
Lynette Hillier, executive director of the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, was on hand to accept the cheque from Power to Hope.
Hillier says, during the past six months they’ve had 1,000 new patients, and their families and about 500 over the past year availed of the patient family support fund — which is possible thanks to funding like that from Power to Hope.
In addition to the annual dinner and dance, the group also organizes a five-kilometre run and is aided by many local corporate sponsors as well.
Ryan Power thanked everyone for contributing and being involved in Power to Hope.
“Without your help, I couldn’t have put this together,” said Power to the crowd at the Clarenville Inn.
He says, at the beginning, he knew there was a network of people and businesses through fitness that could help Davidson and her family, and in turn, so many others.
“I’m just so happy we’re able to support so many other families right now that we don’t know … It just blows me away and I’m extremely proud to be able to stand by Nancy and say that as well.”