Dear Wellness Centre Supporter,
On behalf of the Wellness Centre, we sincerely hope that you and your family are healthy and coping as best as can be expected through these unprecedented times caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. It goes without saying, the impact of the pandemic on people’s lives and Society as a whole has been dramatic and disruptive emotionally, financially and physically. To say these are challenging times would be an understatement.
THE WELLNESS CENTRE REACTS – REACHING OUT TO OUR CANCER CLIENTS
Our Team realized early on that it was absolutely critical that we find a way of staying connected to our cancer clients and their families during these trying times when self-distancing is the norm and physical interaction is not possible. Hundreds of individuals rely on the Centre to provide essential psycho – social support while going through cancer treatment. Our role has never been more important than it is today.
As such, with our staff and volunteers working from home since mid-March, we have been calling our clients (800+) regularly to make sure their daily needs are looked after. We are still registering new participants and their loved ones because cancer has no pause button.
In addition, our innovative use of Zoom technology has enabled us to offer a daily schedule of live–stream programming classes that any patient and caregiver is welcome to access online. Programs are in place to ensure that no one with cancer feels scared or alone while isolating.
COVID 19 – IMPACT ON THE WELLNESS CENTRE
Like all Charities, the Wellness Centre has felt the effects of the pandemic acutely. Our “Big Yellow House” on rue Du Barry has now been closed for over 9 weeks and the scheduled spring fundraising events cancelled. Needless to say, the Centre’s revenue stream is being severely impacted.
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT – CANCELLATION
In the context of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, it is with heavy hearts and great reluctance that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Golf Tournament – as you may realize, this is the single most important revenue generating event that we run representing over one third of our annual income stream.
Although golf clubs have now re-opened in the Province, we have concluded that the Government mandated social distancing guidelines now in place to ensure the safety of players and employees will severely compromise the main goal of our charity golf event – to have a fun social outing with business colleagues and friends. Although some restrictions may be loosened as the season progresses, we anticipate cart barriers, limited or no access to locker rooms and not being able to host the brunch or dinner events to remain in place. Under the circumstances, it just seemed to us that, rather than host the Tournament under compromised conditions, it makes more sense to postpone the event until next year when we can comeback stronger than ever!
WOULD YOU PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION?
As a loyal and generous supporter of and participant in the Golf Tournament in the past, the Wellness Centre Team respectfully ask you to consider a donation this year in lieu of your annual contribution to this event. We realize the strains and uncertainty that all of your individual organizations are living through, and we also recognize and appreciate your generous support in the past – THANK YOU! Any donation this year will directly help us to carry on supporting our cancer clients and their loved ones during these trying times.
Thank you very much for your consideration and be well.
Mail: WICWC, 115, rue Du Barry, Kirkland, H9H 0C4
Cheque: Payable to West Island Cancer Wellness Centre or WICWC