Sens Foundation announces 2011 Roger's House Telethon on Sportsnet presented by CN
OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil and his wife Caitlin, the honorary chairs of Roger’s House, accepted a ceremonial first donation from seven-year-old Keenan Woods this afternoon to officially launch the Roger’s House Telethon on Sportsnet presented by CN. The annual television broadcast is set for Friday, Nov. 4, on Sportsnet beginning at 6:30 p.m., prior to the Sens game against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Place.
Woods asked his family and friends, instead of buying him to birthday presents, to make donations to the area’s paediatric, palliative care hospice located on the grounds of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). An avid Senators fan, Woods heard about Roger’s House through watching and attending the team’s games.
“As parents, Caitlin and I can’t even imagine what these families must feel when confronted with caring for a child with a life-limiting illness,” said Chris Neil. “All we can do is what we’re asking the community to do — tune into the telethon on Nov. 4 and pledge your support to Roger’s House.”
“Keenan’s selfless gift goes to show that this generous young man already knows how good it feels to give and support an amazing place like Roger’s House and its vital services,” said Caitlin Neil.
Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson used the kickoff to encourage Quebec residents and the TV audience for the Senators’ Nov. 4 game versus Montreal to pledge their support. The Sens Foundation is now responsible for 100 per cent of the funding Roger’s House needs to provide services to Quebec families. Although children from western Quebec can access hospital services from CHEO, hospice services like those provided by Roger’s House are not covered by any inter-provincial agreement.
In 2010, the Sens Foundation board of directors made a commitment of an additional $50,000 per year to Roger’s House, allowing it to provide 100 days per year of service to children and their families from western Quebec. Roger’s House provides respite, transition from hospital to home, pain and symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement support.
The Roger’s House Telethon on Sportsnet presented by CN is one of two key events co-ordinated by the Sens Foundation to raise funds for the facility. The second is the annual Scotiabank Walk, Roll, and Run held in June. Through these events, plus community initiatives and donations, the foundation provides Roger’s House with 30 per cent of its operating budget plus additional funds for Quebec patients, capital improvements, research and endowments.
Donations can be mailed to the Sens Foundation, made online at www.sensfoundation.com or by telephone during the broadcast.