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Bobcaygeon and Area COVID-19 Relief Fund formed after community hit hard by pandemic

KAWARTHA LAKES-As Bobcaygeon has become the epicentre of a local Coronavirus outbreak that has so far claimed the life of ten local residents, a group of concerned citizens has formed a relief fund to help patients, families and health care workers affected by the tragedy.

“The stories I have heard about what’s happening are heartbreaking,” admits City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan whose Ward includes Bobcaygeon and area. “We had to do something, and I know people want to help. We’re in this together.”

Nine residents Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon have died, at least three others from have tested positive for COVID-19. The wife of one resident also passed away. More than 20% of staff at Pinecrest Nursing home in Bobcaygeon have tested positive for the virus and the home has asked for more staff.

Seymour-Fagan and a few concerned local citizens have created the Bobcaygeon and Area COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide immediate assistance for eligible COVID-19 affected patients, families and health-care workers in the Bobcaygeon area with with immediate support including, food supplies, transportation, technology, hiring and overtime costs; and mental wellness counselling.

The Fund will be administered by the Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes, advised by members of the Bobcaygeon community lead by Councillor Seymour-Fagan.

“I am honoured that the Foundation was tapped to help take action to address this challenge in our community,” stated foundation President Mike Perry. “This is what community foundations do: rapid, professional response to helping each other locally.” Perry added that he was very pleased that it took less than 24 hours from the time he got the call to when the fund was established, was in a position to issue tax receipts to donors and received its first donation. “There were calls, emails and procedural issues back and forth of course. But this is a health and economic crisis here at home so it’s all hands on deck,” Perry added.

The eligibility of each recipient to receive funds will be determined collaboratively by the Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes and the Bobcaygeon advisors, using best efforts according to organizers.

The Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes will supply the funds to local businesses, charities and municipal bodies to deliver the funded goods and services to those identified in need. All activities undertaken will align with the objects of the Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes and charitable purposes as defined by the Canadian Revenue Agency. The Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes stands ready to help create additional funds to help the communities of Kawartha Lakes.

To make a donation to the Bobcaygeon and Area COVID-19 Relief Fund, contact Foundation Coordinator Margaret Cunningham at: 705.731.9775 or by email: [email protected]

Bobcaygeon and area patients, families and health care workers in need should contact Councillor Seymour-Fagan by email at [email protected]




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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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