By Laura Lemmon
(WINDSOR, ON) – For the past twelve years, St Clair College’s John Fairley has stepped forward to support compassionate care in Windsor-Essex with the annual Face to Face Campaign. Raising a minimum of $50,000 annually, this year the campaign exceeded all expectations by pulling together a whopping $73,049.85, which was topped up to $75,000 thanks to a generous donation from Bob and Carol Robinson.
This year’s campaign wrap up party, on October 22 at the Hospice Auditorium, included a big surprise announcement to honour John Fairley. In honour of his contributions to the family, the Hospice announced the newly renamed Fairley Family Transportation Program.
The Fairley Family Transportation Program provides more than 6,500 rides to patients and their caregivers, taking them to medical appointments, treatments, or to the Hospice Wellness Centre for programs. Each year, the annual Face to Face campaign helps to offset costs associated with running the program.
“It’s just time,” said executive director Carol Derbyshire. “John gives and gives and gives to the Hospice and the people of Windsor-Essex. We needed to pause and say thank you for all of his contributions.”
Other honourees included Dr James Henderson, a long-time Hospice champion who also raised more than $12,000 for the 12th Annual Face to Face campaign, Minnie Stannard was in attendance and honoured for raising more than $7,000, and Bonnie Lelievre, the volunteer lead for the Face to Face campaign was given a special mention.