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Longshoremen Donate Generously!

The generosity of the local longshore union hit a record high.  ILWU 502, based in Surrey, raised $52,502 for the BC Children’s Hospital this year.  The union serves the ports of Fraser Surrey Docks, Deltaport and Wes-shore coal Terminals.  The fundraising that began just a few years ago has netted over $242,000 for the Hospital.  In addition to the hospital, the Union is also busy making donations to other charities in the community such as the local food bank to which they have donated thousands of pounds in food and cash. “Our membership really takes this initiative to heart and works very hard to make it a big success.  It’s an honor for us to be involved with such a great cause that helps out the community in such a big way”, said a spokesperson.  The Telethon raised over $20 million dollars this year which brought the thirty year total to over $300 million.  The funds raised through the Telethon help to purchase the latest medical equipment which ensures that health care professional have the right tools to provide the best care possible as well as enabling the Hospital to conduct innovative research to make new discoveries. Local 502 made a cheque presentation at the annual Telethon last weekend which aired live on Global TV.

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