Dieppe, November 27, 2015 – Several hundred people gathered at CCNB-Dieppe today as part of Radio-Canada’s Radiothon, the highlight of the Tree of Hope Campaign. By the end of the day, the calculator displayed the impressive amount of 1 804 116 dollars!
Robert Maillet and Luc LeBlanc wanted to thank the thousands of volunteers who have worked tirelessly for several months in order to reach the Campaign’s goal of raising more than $1.7 million this year. “The strength of the Tree of Hope Campaign lies in its incredible ability to bring communities together in a collaborative effort across the province. Your generosity is beautiful and impressive! From the bottom of our hearts and on behalf of everyone affected by cancer, we say thank you,” says Luc LeBlanc.
The Radiothon was broadcast from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on ICI Radio-Canada Première. Hosts Amélie Gosselin and Samuel Chiasson were joined by Robert Maillet and Luc LeBlanc, campaign co-chairs. Throughout the day, they interviewed cancer patients and survivors, health care professionals, volunteers and donors. Dozens of artists also performed in turn. An impressive production made possible thanks to the co-operation of ICI Acadie, the CHU Dumont Foundation and CCNB-Dieppe! To view photos of the event, go to ICI.Radio-Canada.ca/espoir2015.
CBC Radio started the ball rolling by launching its Radiothon, hosted by Jonna Brewer and Vanessa Blanch, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on CBC Radio One. They also interviewed numerous volunteers, cancer survivors as well as health care professionals. They set the tone of the day by raising $ 214,162.
The funds raised this year will be used to upgrade the Mgr.-Henri-Cormier Lodge, restore the Dr.-Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and promote paediatric leukemia research. You can find more information on the beneficiary projects at arbredelespoir.ca.
The Tree of Hope Campaign is a fundraising campaign undertaken by the CHU Dumont Foundation that is aimed at developing the Dr.-Léon-Richard Oncology Centre as well as improving the wellness of patients staying at the Mgr.-Henri-Cormier Lodge and research capacity at the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute (ACRI). Since its beginnings in 1989, the Tree of Hope Campaign has raised over 22 million dollars. 100 % of the funds raised are reinvested in New Brunswick for cancer patients in the province.