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RBC Bluesfest Green Team Donates to Somerset West Community Health Centre's Children and Youth Programs

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) is thrilled to be one of six local charities to receive a donation from the RBC Bluesfest Green Team. Green Team area leader John Currie presented a cheque to SWCHC in the amount of $2,749.15 at an after-school program at the centre's Rosemount Branch.

This donation will be used to fund SWCHC's Children and Youth programs, which rely entirely on grants and donations from the community to operate. Offered Monday through Friday at various locations in West-Central Ottawa, these programs offer children and youth from low-income families a safe and supportive space outside of school and home.

Among the many things children and youth enjoy at SWCHC programs are physical activity, homework help, play, snacks and healthy eating, and leadership and development opportunities.

All programs are free of charge.

Members of the Green Team, including area leader John Currie, with staff and children from one of SWCHC's after-school programs at the Parkdale Food Centre.

About the RBC Bluesfest Green Team

The RBC Bluesfest Green Team is a spirited group of over 350 volunteers dedicated to implementing greening initiatives at Bluesfest. For the 3rd year, Green Team area leader John Currie led his team through the challenge of collecting, crushing and counting the beverage cans that are recycled at the festival and returned them for cash. In 2016, this creative fundraising initiative raised over $16,400 to be split among six local charities. The six charities are: 

  • Blues in the Schools
  • May Court Hospice (Hospice Care Ottawa) The Ottawa Rotary Home
  • Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue
  • The Shepherds of Good Hope
  • Somerset West Community Health Centre

Thank you Green Team!