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Stark Family Fund awards $55,450 to nine charities

Nine charities were supported by the Stark Family Foundation this year. -Briar Boyce photo

Nine Prince Edward County charities will move forward with projects and updates thanks to the Stark Family Fund presenting grants totaling $55,451 Monday in Bloomfield.

The grants were awarded a the Bloomfield Town Hall, near the former home of the Stark sisters. In 2002, the Stark Family Fund was created at the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area with a generous bequest of the last two surviving members of the Stark family, Ival and Ruth. Since, the Stark Family Fund supports a broad spectrum of community activities and charitable causes in the fields of education, health, social services, animal welfare and culture in Prince Edward County.

This year’s grants bring the total granted to date from the Stark Family fund to more than $800,000.

Of the nine organizations receiving grants this year, two were first-time recipients – Music at Port Milford and the local volunteers of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Projects funded for 2018 include:

Prince Edward Memorial Hospital Foundation -$26,490.25 – toward direct patient care equipment required for PECM hospital in 2018/19 including ventilators, pain medication pumps, an ultrasound stretcher, replacement scopes, vital signs monitors for inpatients, pediatric patients and patients in transit between hospitals, as well as stretcher lifts and wheelchairs. The total estimated cost for these vital pieces is $280,146.

Music at Port Milford – $2,000 – for the purchase of instruments for Choral Day camp and the Impact Arts Camp which has up to 40 students enrolled. Impact Arts Camp also uses bucket drumming to incorporate even more music in their program.

Wellington Auxiliary Rescue Association – $2,394.74 – for an automatic external defibrillator to be used by crew in the rescue boat. The association is dispatched by Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, from Wellington

Recreation Outreach Centre – $4,000 – for the Youth Linked In project helping 130 youth, ages 12-18 in Prince Edward County to learn specific knowledge and skills related to leadership and civic engagement of youth in the community.

Trenton Memorial Hospital – $5,000 – toward replacement of the current 12-year-old CT Scanner that will improve image quality, therefore diagnosis and reduce down-time as a result of repairs. It also helps scan patients who are claustrophobic, with having a wider CT opening ‘ significantly reduce patients exposure to radiation by 30-50%, and increases the number of scans that can be completed in a day

The Children’s Foundation – $4,000 – to continue with the expansion of the Playing for Keeps and Camps of Hope programs in Prince Edward County.

Easter Seals Ontario – $1,817.00 – to send one child with physical disabilities to a fully accessible summer camp. Most mainstream camps are not built or staffed to accommodate children with special needs.

Canadian Cancer Society Hastings Prince Edward – $4,000 – for the Wheels of Hope program that helps people with a cancer diagnosis to travel for treatment.

Rotary Club of Picton – $5,750 – to hand out five $1,000 Stark Family bursaries to five PECI graduates who are attending post secondary education in the fall of 2018.
and three $250 bursaries to three PECI graduates who are attending Loyalist College in the fall of 2018.

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