Dr. Neale within the The Edmonton and District Dental Society in 1996 started an annual program called Start School Smiling. Hundreds of participating dentists have since offered children starting school a free examination so that their parents would become aware of any dental problems that their child may have.
We started sponsoring two children in 1993. Diem is a girl in Vietnam and Henry is a boy in Bolivia. They have both since ‘graduated’ from plan and we are now sponsoring Tho, another young girl who is now 11 years old who lives with her two sisters and peasant farmer parents in northern Vietnam. Plan is a well run charitable organization that improves communities that don’t enjoy many of the basic things that we consider to be the necessities of life. The efforts are directed toward clean water, sanitation, health care, nutrition, education and shelter through the sponsorship of children. Their approach is to develop these basic necessities on a self sustaining basis, rather than just providing handouts, which then allows efforts to be subsequently redirected to other areas in need. You can contact Plan at www.plancanada.ca for further information.
In 2011, part of our donation allowed a community in Columbia to be supplied with a clean water system including latrines and wells, as well as imparting knowledge so residents can manage and care for the system themselves. Our intention is to furnish a community with a system, critical to improved health, that will last and will benefit generations.
We have donated for many years to further the fight against cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society is leading the way in cancer control to actively prevent, cure or manage cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society takes the role as steward of donor dollars very seriously and makes every effort to allocate these dollars where they will make the most difference in making cancer history. In working to control cancer, we focus our work in 5 areas: research, advocacy, prevention, information and support. More information is available at cancer.ca.
We are proud to support the Salvation Army which is the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in Canada and serves in 400 communities across the country. Below is a brief list of just some of the services that The Salvation Army provides. Additional information is available at salvationarmy.ca Emergency Disaster Services, Community and Family Services, Family Tracing Services, Camps, Street Youth Services, Homeless Services, Addictions Services, Safe Houses, Palliative Care, Services for the Mentally and Physically Challenged, Corrections and Justice, Young Parent Resource Centres. More information is available at www.SalvationArmy.ca.
Although we make our donation prior to Christmas, Edmonton’s Food Bank supplies food for over 210 agencies, churches and food depots throughout Edmonton, all year long. Fourty (40) percent of the people served by the Food Bank are children. Donations and volunteers are always needed. More information is available at www.edmontonsfoodbank.com.