Capital Health stretchers hit the street for Feed Nova Scotia

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 3:09pm

By MARY JANE WEBBER

Motorists beeped, waved and laughed to see Capital Health team members pushing out-of-commission stretchers, wagons and bins filled with food donations through the streets of Halifax on Friday Dec. 14. Paula Bond, vice president of People-Centred Care and Kathy MacNeil, vice president of People, led the way from the Halifax Infirmary and the Victoria General sites of QEII as part of CBC Radio’s annual food bank drive in support of Feed Nova Scotia. 

The groups, including team members from the Maritime Heart Centre and Cancer Care Nova Scotia, met outside the Public Gardens and were “piped in” across the street to CBC by proud piper and Capital Health media relations advisor, John Gillis. Once there the teams handed over hundreds of pounds of food, and money, collected at the various sites.

MacNeil, who was sporting a red and white Santa hat, was thrilled with the generosity of our people to help others in our community. “We only came up with this idea last week and the donations started pouring in to drop-off locations,” she said. “To add to the fun, we heard from teams who began collecting weeks ago and wanted to take part in the walk.”  

“People who work in health care like to get involved and give back to the community,” added Bond (who was decked out in a bright red Santa-like cape). “Our people do a lot throughout the year to give back to the community and today was a great way to remind ourselves how important that spirit of generosity is to those in need. And it was a lot of fun!”   

CBC Mainstreet hosts cheered and clapped as the teams dropped off the food donations, cheques and bags of pennies. And if you missed the fun, plans are underway to make the walk an annual Capital Health tradition.

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