‘Anything But Conservative’ money going back to veterans
Published Friday, January 1, 2016 6:36PM AST
Money leftover from the veteran-led 'Anything But Conservative' campaign during the federal election is being given back to veterans' groups in need.
About $10,000 is left over from the $28,000 the campaign brought in through donations and fundraising.
Ron Clarke, who helped launch the campaign, says it’s about letting those who have served know they are remembered.
"Let's face it, if you're an old veteran – Second World War, Korea – and you're in a hospital with no family, it's nice to be able to take a bus trip," said Clarke.
Clarke launched the initiative after the previous Stephen Harper Conservative government closed nine veteran’s affairs offices, including ones in Sydney and Charlottetown.
Clarke hopes the extra cash will be used to help veterans feel appreciated.
"When I started this ABC program and started raising funds, I said that anything that's left over will go to veterans' organizations that are in need," said Clarke.
Patients living on the veterans’ wing of the Harbourview Hospital in Sydney Mines will be one group to benefit from the extra cash.
“That can be used for anything from day trips to buying equipment that is needed at Harbourview Hospital," said Terri Dennis, executive director of the Northside/Harbourview Hospital Foundation.
The foundation has already received a $2,000 donation. Funds will be used at two Northside hospitals from small gestures to bigger projects, like a new room for palliative care.
"They’re truly appreciative.,” said Dennis “You know it when you go in there, when you visit with the veterans."
Money is also destined for veterans’ wings at hospitals in Glace Bay and Pictou County, as well as the Veterans Welfare fund in Cape Breton.
Clarke says some cash will go as far as Alberta.
"It just gives them a break and helps them to relax and enjoy their surroundings,” he said. “That's what it's all about, my friend. Just looking after the vets."
Clarke says he's fully confident the new Liberal government will follow through on its promise to reopen the shuttered offices.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Ryan MacDonald.