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P.E.I. student embodies spirit of Giving Tuesday

P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Nathan Ryan, 16, of Charlottetown decorate a Christmas tree to celebrate Giving Tuesday, which is being held today, as a day for giving back. Ryan, who is a cancer survivor, is helping the Queen Elizabeth Hospital decorate as a way to say thanks for the care he received.
P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Nathan Ryan, 16, of Charlottetown decorate a Christmas tree to celebrate Giving Tuesday, which is being held today, as a day for giving back. Ryan, who is a cancer survivor, is helping the Queen Elizabeth Hospital decorate as a way to say thanks for the care he received.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – High school student Nathan Ryan turned to a familiar place to volunteer.

As a cancer survivor and former Queen Elizabeth Hospital patient, Ryan, 16, decided to head back to the hospital in Charlottetown to help out.

“As part of my physical education course, I am required to complete five hours of volunteer time, and the first place I thought of was the QEH,’’ says Ryan.

“They needed help decorating for the holidays, so I am so pleased to lend a hand and have the opportunity to say thanks for all they have done for me.’’

Premier Wade MacLauchlan says Ryan, who is a student at Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown, is setting a good example.

“What Nathan is doing is tremendous, and I encourage all Islanders to consider either making a gift to your favourite charity or volunteering for five hours,’’ he says.

“Many families will receive Christmas baskets in the coming weeks so donating items or helping deliver those baskets to the needy families is another great project. There are so many opportunities to give back in our province.’’

The premier made the comments after proclaiming today to be Giving Tuesday on P.E.I.

“Giving Tuesday,’’ notes MacLauchlan, “inspires people to take action to improve their local communities and give back to charities and causes they care about.’’

Including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Canadians are expected to spend more than at any other time of year to purchase gifts for loved ones. Island charities are asking to be included in this part of holiday giving.

Helen Chapman, chairwoman of the P.E.I. Chapter of Leave A Legacy, says the local chapter helps educate the public about gift planning and raises awareness of the importance of thoughtful, well-planned tax preferred gifts and their impact on the quality of life for everyone in the province.

“We hope people will consider making a gift to a local charity,’’ says Chapman.

“We will be sharing pictures throughout the day on the many acts of kindness.’’

To receive credit for charitable donations in 2016, the gift needs to be postmarked or delivered by Dec. 31, says Ryan Pineau, chairman of the Chartered Professional Accountants of P.E.I.

Pineau urges Islanders to consider making charitable donations instead of giving gifts for Christmas.

“Many people would be pleased you have made a gift to a charity in their honour,’’ he says.

Gifts of stock investments that have accrued gains increase the benefit of the donation, adds Pineau.

For more information, visit www.leavealegacypei.com.

As a cancer survivor and former Queen Elizabeth Hospital patient, Ryan, 16, decided to head back to the hospital in Charlottetown to help out.

“As part of my physical education course, I am required to complete five hours of volunteer time, and the first place I thought of was the QEH,’’ says Ryan.

“They needed help decorating for the holidays, so I am so pleased to lend a hand and have the opportunity to say thanks for all they have done for me.’’

Premier Wade MacLauchlan says Ryan, who is a student at Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown, is setting a good example.

“What Nathan is doing is tremendous, and I encourage all Islanders to consider either making a gift to your favourite charity or volunteering for five hours,’’ he says.

“Many families will receive Christmas baskets in the coming weeks so donating items or helping deliver those baskets to the needy families is another great project. There are so many opportunities to give back in our province.’’

The premier made the comments after proclaiming today to be Giving Tuesday on P.E.I.

“Giving Tuesday,’’ notes MacLauchlan, “inspires people to take action to improve their local communities and give back to charities and causes they care about.’’

Including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Canadians are expected to spend more than at any other time of year to purchase gifts for loved ones. Island charities are asking to be included in this part of holiday giving.

Helen Chapman, chairwoman of the P.E.I. Chapter of Leave A Legacy, says the local chapter helps educate the public about gift planning and raises awareness of the importance of thoughtful, well-planned tax preferred gifts and their impact on the quality of life for everyone in the province.

“We hope people will consider making a gift to a local charity,’’ says Chapman.

“We will be sharing pictures throughout the day on the many acts of kindness.’’

To receive credit for charitable donations in 2016, the gift needs to be postmarked or delivered by Dec. 31, says Ryan Pineau, chairman of the Chartered Professional Accountants of P.E.I.

Pineau urges Islanders to consider making charitable donations instead of giving gifts for Christmas.

“Many people would be pleased you have made a gift to a charity in their honour,’’ he says.

Gifts of stock investments that have accrued gains increase the benefit of the donation, adds Pineau.

For more information, visit www.leavealegacypei.com.

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