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Dr. John Crocker, Kidney Research

For many years our IODE chapters across the province have collected and donated in excess of $120,000.00 for kidney research at the IWK-Grace Hospital. Much of this money has been raised through our Nickel-A-Meal program where each member donates one nickel for each meal consumed during July and August (we really do like to eat). Dr. John Crocker, head of Kidney Research at the IWK-Grace speaks very kindly of the assistance we have given his research since 1981. Here is what Dr. Crocker has to say about IODE’s assistance over the years. “The IODE over the years has been instrumental in allowing kidney disease research in children to flourish in Atlantic Canada. With one of the highest incidence of kidney disease in Canada, children in this region have been privileged to have a group ofpeople support ideas for better medical care. Some of the areas where they have played a role are in polycystic kidney disease research, allowed the study of influenza virus, why certain children who had kidney transplants were at risk of serious herpes virus infections and how looking early at children at risk for potential kidney disease can help make his/her adult life better. These are only some of the areas in which the long term interest and encouragement of kidney research has been helped by the gifts from IODE. It is a fact that they have played a large role in making our laboratory successful nationally and internationally."(An excerpt taken from a letter received from Dr. John Crocker)

QEII Buy-a-Bed Project
QEII Buy-a-Bed Project

In the spring of 2006, we decided that the Provincial Chapter, with donations from our primary chapters across the province, would undertake the task of purchasing a new state of the art fully electronic bed for the QEII Health Sciences Center. After many months of fund raising we reached our goal of $10,000.00 to see this project to fruition. “…the effort your group has made to fundraise and purchase the Stryker beds is MOST appreciated.  Not only are they user friendly for staff but patients can independently operate the controls and not have to rely on assistance. No bed is perfect but what you have provided us has added to the quality of care we can offer our patients.” (As stated by Michelle Wells, Health Services Manager, QEII Health Sciences Centre)
Community _ Labrador Services Work
Community _ Labrador Services Work

Each year, we endeavor to donate equipment, furnishings, clothing, bedding and food in addition to other amenities to local community transition houses, crisis enters, hospitals, nursing homes, daycare centers, schools, Rehab Centers and families in need of assistance. In addition, we send shipments of hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, quilts, baby clothes, layettes, etc. to Melville Hospital in Goose Bay, J.C. Erhart School and Amos Comenius Memorial School in Hopedale.“Ladies of the Nova Scotia IODE, once again we greatly thank you for all your hard work you have done. The children will once again have warm hands and heads for the cold winter months. The donations of books are also much appreciated as most students don’t have books at home.(Taken from a letter received from Trudy Flowers a teacher at ACMS, Hopedale)
Good Samaritan Fund
Good Samaritan Fund

The Good Samaritan Fund has been set up by the IODE to assist the QEII Department of Social Work to resolve minor financial needs comforting both inpatients and outpatients at the QEII Health Sciences Center.  These needs have included transportation, food and other items of comfort and care that patients would otherwise have difficulty providing for themselves.
(As stated by Rosemary Sampson, Dept. of Social Work, Capital District Health)