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Digby Legion donates $1,000 to charity with funds raised through poppy campaign

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 20 president Keith Stevens presents a cheque of $1,000 to Cathy Theriault, manager of of Transport de Clare, a charity which provides wheelchair-accessible transport for people across Digby County.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 20 president Keith Stevens presents a cheque of $1,000 to Cathy Theriault, manager of of Transport de Clare, a charity which provides wheelchair-accessible transport for people across Digby County.

DIGBY, NS - The Digby Legion has donated $1,000 to Transport de Clare, a charity which provides accessible transport to people across Digby County.

The donation was given Mar. 20 at Branch 20 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Digby. Branch president Keith Stevens said the charity was chosen because of the service it provides to people in Digby County, among which are included veterans.

He said he and other legion members are always proud to donate money to the community.

“That’s what the legion is for,” he said.

The donation came from last year’s poppy campaign, which raised a total of $16,000.

The charity’s manager, Cathy Theriault and its assistant manager, Mandy Rousselle, were present to accept the cheque on the charity’s behalf.

Theriault said the donation “was a surprise.”

“We have our yearly funds, but we have to buy a new bus this year, so this will really help,” she said.

As an example of what $1,000 could do for the charity, Theriault said it could help 50 people each get to the doctor once, since it costs $20 per ride. This service is essential not only to provide safe and accessible transportation, but also for other reasons, said Theriault.

“It gives everyone the chance to get out and about and helps both physical and mental well-being,” she said.

The charity, which has existed for 21 years, currently operates 10 busses, and provides free rides to the local food bank.

To contact Transport de Clare to arrange transport, call 902-769-2477. 24 hours notice is preferred to make sure transport is available.

The donation was given Mar. 20 at Branch 20 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Digby. Branch president Keith Stevens said the charity was chosen because of the service it provides to people in Digby County, among which are included veterans.

He said he and other legion members are always proud to donate money to the community.

“That’s what the legion is for,” he said.

The donation came from last year’s poppy campaign, which raised a total of $16,000.

The charity’s manager, Cathy Theriault and its assistant manager, Mandy Rousselle, were present to accept the cheque on the charity’s behalf.

Theriault said the donation “was a surprise.”

“We have our yearly funds, but we have to buy a new bus this year, so this will really help,” she said.

As an example of what $1,000 could do for the charity, Theriault said it could help 50 people each get to the doctor once, since it costs $20 per ride. This service is essential not only to provide safe and accessible transportation, but also for other reasons, said Theriault.

“It gives everyone the chance to get out and about and helps both physical and mental well-being,” she said.

The charity, which has existed for 21 years, currently operates 10 busses, and provides free rides to the local food bank.

To contact Transport de Clare to arrange transport, call 902-769-2477. 24 hours notice is preferred to make sure transport is available.

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