SUN $50,000 donation shared by two Swift Current groups

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The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses made a pair of major donations in Swift Current this past Monday through their Community Support donation program.

SUN presented a $30,000 cheque to Southwest Homes to support the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van, and they also made a $20,000 donation to the Swift Current Community Youth Initiative to replenish furniture and support programming for youth.

Denise Dick, First Vice President of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, said nurses across the province take pride in making donations like this to support communities.

"It's something that SUN strongly believes in. Our mission and vision is for healthy members, a healthy union, and healthy communities," Dick said following Monday's cheque presentation. "We just strongly believe that nurses, giving back to their communities, is something that's really important."

This is the sixth year that SUN has made a major contribution to a community, with previous donations supporting renovations at Moose Jaw's Riverside Mission, while their first donation was to the Station 20 West project in Saskatoon.

As a preventative measure, nurses have discovered that people in their home communities need to be healthy.

"So by being able to support our communities, and have our communities healthier, there is lesser of an impact on our healthcare system. When people are healthier they're not going to utilize those services. We need to be there for the people that really need it. But if we can make people healthier outside of that so that they don't have to come and see us, is of great deal of importance for nurses."

Deanna Budd, Program Coordinator for Southwest Homes, noted there is a major benefit to having another wheelchair accessible van.

"This opens up a whole new world, so we really are excited about this," she said.

A number of their clients are unable to get out without the aid of a wheelchair accessible van, and the community transportation options only run limited hours.

"If we don't have the vehicle it's extremely difficult for them to get out and about," Budd added.

A portion of the donation to the Swift Current Community Youth Initiative will be steered towards purchasing couches, tables and chairs and other items that are needed at The Center. The funds will also help support some renovations and painting which will give The Center a look more geared towards youth.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Union of Nurses

Geographic location: Swift Current, Southwest Homes, The Center

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