Weather fails to halt volunteers

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Editor: National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, is an opportunity for the Heart and Stroke Foundation to recognize our many volunteers who donate their time in various sectors across P.E.I.

I continue to be inspired by our community’s mobilization throughout the year, and, notably in February, during our annual Person-to-Person (P2P) residential campaign. This year’s volunteer effort during the February campaign was a wonderful testimonial to the commitment of volunteers who braved the elements during some of the harshest winter weather P.E.I. has seen in years.

Bad weather during February is worrisome, with dollars raised from P2P forming a significant percentage of annual revenues, key to our ability to fulfill our mission. But against all odds, early returns from canvassers already represent an increase over total revenues in 2013 with canvasser kits still being turned in daily.

Like most not-for-profit organizations, volunteers are our vital partners, spearheading fundraising, advocacy and health education efforts that save lives. They serve on our provincial board of directors and event planning committees, they provide our staff with office support, represent us at community health fairs and devote hour-upon-hour to the countless logistics involved in ensuring the smooth running and success of our special gala events.

I would like to recognize all those who volunteer with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as well as those who give their time to so many other causes. Large or small, the contributions of volunteers are a testament to the capacity of each and every one of us to make a positive difference in our communities.

Matthew Bradley,

Chair, Board of Directors,

Heart and Stroke Foundation, P.E.I.

Organizations: Heart and Stroke Foundation

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