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Palliative Care receives gift
from Sobeys staff and Sobeys Atlantic

By now, people may have heard of Ian Bos, who on May 21 started a walk across Canada in memory of his father. His goal was to raise awareness and money for palliative care across the country. Awed by his tremendous quest, Ian’s close friend Mark Turnbull wanted to do something to help, so he decided he’d join Ian for two days of his journey.

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Mark is a very quiet, humble, and unassuming person; he didn’t feel like he needed to broadcast what he was planning, after all, this was about what Ian was trying to do. But when Mark’s co-workers learned of his plans just a couple days before he was due to go, they knew they wanted to do something to support him. The staff of Sobeys Atlantic quickly organized a sale and raised $500 for Mark’s cause. But the story doesn’t end there. When their employer, Sobeys Atlantic learned what their staff was doing, they matched the funds that were raised, turning it in to a $1,000 gift.

“It’s acts like this, which may seem like friends and co-workers just getting together to do something good, that have such a meaningful and direct impact on the care and wellbeing of others,” says Susan Malcolm, Executive Director of the Aberdeen Health Foundation. “I feel so privileged to be able to witness the giving and the receiving every day in my job. I am so humbled by the amazing acts of caring and generosity of the people of this community.”

The donation by Sobeys staff and Sobeys Atlantic will be split between the Palliative Care Society of Pictou County and the to Aberdeen Health Foundation for the Palliative Care Unit at the Aberdeen Hospital, which will directly support end of life care for patients and families.

Pictured L- R : Susan Malcolm, Sobey Staff- Ann MacDonald, Lisa Hunter, Mark Turnbull, Tracey Hayes, Jan Dewtie, and Palliative Care Society President – Phyllis Hermillion, .

Posted: June 10, 2015