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Volunteers Come Together to Repair Well-Used Bridge in George’s Brook

Excerpt:
“…Although the province has several months until snowmobiling weather, the summer is a good time to groom trails and fix up old bridges.

A group of volunteers took advantage of some nice weather over the weekend to get together and fix up one of the bridges in George’s Brook that was in need of repairs….”

Date of Article: August 17, 2020
Source: VOCM
Website: https://vocm.com/2020/08/17/georges-brook-bridge-repair/

Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Leadership Program Officially Cancelled

Excerpt:
“…The not-for-profit organization has been in operation for 15 years and has awarded $150,000 in scholarships for leadership and volunteer work.

The organization says they will continue to be present in the community even during the pandemic. They will alter their events and community participation to fit public health guidelines….”

Date of Article: August 16, 2020
Source: VOCM
Website: https://vocm.com/2020/08/16/miss-achievement-cancelled/

Donations let struggling Shea Heights daycare doors stay open – for now

Excerpt:
“…After a flood of community financial support, a daycare in the Shea Heights neighbourhood of St. John’s that had said it would have to close its doors Friday is now able to stay open, at least for now.

At the beginning of the week, the situation at Panda Bear Daycare was dire. COVID-19 complications had forced its already struggling operation into a financial corner, and the head of its volunteer board estimated they’d need $20,000 immediately to live to see another week….”

Date of Article: July 31, 2020
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/panda-bear-daycare-shea-heights-fundraising-efforts-succeed-1.5670068

Unseen hunger: How a community effort brought food to those who needed it most

Excerpt:
“…I often think that I don’t have very much, but an experience this weekend has reminded me of the abundance around me, and how vulnerable some people in our very midst are — especially when a blizzard drops upon us and turns us all into shut-ins.

Right after the Jan. 17 blizzard, many of us were able to dig out, or we had friends and family who could help. The army came to extend a hand….”

Author: Andie Bulman
Date of Article: January 29, 2020
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/unseen-hunger-food-campaign-1.5441811

‘Root of who we are’

Excerpt:
“…A Memorial University alumna and current student have been honoured for their efforts to make a difference in their communities….”

Author: Susan White
Date of Article: January 29, 2020
Source: MUN Gazette
Website: https://gazette.mun.ca/campus-and-community/root-of-who-we-are/

These N.L. crafters are making joey pouches to help injured Australian animals

Excerpt:
“…It’s been a decade since Amanda Young visited Australia, but she felt compelled to help after seeing the fire-ravaged images and hearing about the hundred of millions of dead animals — and so she turned to her sewing machine to help.

Young is one of a dozen people in the Corner Brook area making joey pouches for Australia’s injured and orphaned animals. They are used to hold baby kangaroos, called joeys, and other marsupials like a mother’s pouch….”

Author: Cherie Wheeler
Date of Article: January 11, 2020
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/crafter-joey-puches-1.5421923

MerB’ys print final calendar, but say the brand will live on

Excerpt:
“…A globally successful charity calendar featuring burly men dressed in sparkly mermaid tails has printed its last edition.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club says the 2020 MerB’ys calendar will be its last, after the group raised over half a million dollars for local charities since 2017….”

Date of Article: January 6, 2020
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/merbys-final-calendar-1.5416270

8 new names added to Order of Newfoundland and Labrador — including Santa

Excerpt:
“…Eight people have been named to Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, including Santa’s longtime stand-in, Bruce Templeton.

Templeton, of Outer Cove, has been invested into the order for his decades of volunteer work, community leadership and humanitarianism — including more than 40 years of playing Santa — as well as published books and charity work….”

Date of Article: January 1, 2020
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/order-of-newfoundland-labrador-1.5411661

Muslim donors fill need for St. John’s blood clinic over Christmas break

Excerpt:
“…Blood clinics take no days off — so when a lot of donors are taking Christmas holidays, life-threatening shortages can happen.

In St. John’s, the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador stepped in to help….”

Date of Article: December 30, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/muslim-association-st-johns-blood-donations-1.5410406

Lone Newfoundlander spends Christmas in Australia helping fight wildfires

Excerpt:
“…While the rest of Canada wrapped up gifts and prepared for holiday feasts with family, Joe Russell from Corner Brook, N.L., tucked into Christmas dinner several time zones away from his wife and kids.

He is one of dozens of highly trained Canadian firefighting personnel who responded to a call for help from their Australian counterparts fighting devastating fires across the country….”

Author: Maryam Shah
Date of Article: December 27, 2019
Source: Global News
Website: https://globalnews.ca/news/6340414/newfoundland-fighting-fire-australia-canada/