OHSWEKEN – The Six Nations Health Foundation was blessed with a $3,300 donation as part of a gala and talent show at the Six Nations Community Hall Sunday afternoon.
The cheque represented donations collected by the Styres Family and the Ohsweken Speedway staff and drivers at the speedway’s year-end awards banquet held earlier this year.
Vera Styres presented the symbolic big cheque to Ruby Jacobs, who thankfully accepted it on behalf of the Foundation and announced that these funds will be used to help meet the financial requirements for the Dialysis Unit that we are working hard to pay off.
“We are so appreciative to receive this donation to pass on to help these people that are unfortunate enough to have a need for dialysis,” said Jacobs. “It is helping a lot of families here at Six Nations that are affected by diabetes.”
The afternoon was MC’ed by popular New Credit entertainer Cecil Sault. The fundraising is a year-round job and this year, the Foundation has unveiled a new 2014 calendar, which is being sold around the community for $20 as a fundraiser. The calendar features local area landmarks. The youth talent showcase was very entertaining as well with the The Dwae Na Ga Das First Nations Youth Choir, under the direction of Robyn Maracle and others who were competing for prize money. “It’s just a fun afternoon,” said Jacobs. “It’s about health awareness.
I think there is so much tragedy within the community, so it’s nice just to do something that is fun and bring wellness by singing. It’s to encourage the young people to do more as well to demonstrate their skills.” The event was well attended and very well received.