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‘Tree of Life’ exceeds goal

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Shoppers Drug Mart staff far exceeded their goal in this year’s “Tree of Life” campaign, which ran from Sept. 22-Oct. 13.

Kevin Nielson, who owns and operates Shoppers, announced the Fort Frances store was given a target amount of $467 but ended up raising $1,667, ranking it fifth among all the stores in Canada.

“This success demonstrates the generosity of our community!” Nielson enthused.

Nielson also announced he would match the amount raised by the community for a total contribution to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care of $3,335.

“I’m proud to be making this donation on behalf of our staff and our loyal customers,” he said.

Foundation director Teresa Hazel accepted the two cheques and extended an appreciation to the staff and community.

“Staff members have the task of asking customers for a donation . . . without their co-operation, the campaign would not be a success,” she said.

Hazel added this year’s donation would be put towards new tubs and lift chairs at Rainycrest here.

“The existing tubs are very outdated and need replacing. This will help a lot,” she said.

Proceeds from last year’s campaign helped purchase the neonatal transport incubator for La Verendrye Hospital.

In the past two years, Shoppers has donated more than $5,000 from its “Tree of Life” campaign to local health care.

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