National Gallery staff donates computer equipment to CHEO
Ottawa, Canada - November 18, 2003PRESS RELEASE
Le personnel du MBAC fait le don d'équipement informatique au CHEO
Young cancer patients at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) can now take pictures and send them to their loved ones thanks to a gift of computer equipment from the staff of the National Gallery of Canada.
Last Thursday, Joanne Charette, Director of Public Affairs for the National Gallery of Canada, visited CHEO's Oncology Department to present the gift, which Child Life Specialist Robert Pigeon accepted on behalf of the children.
The donation includes two digital cameras, a digital video camcorder, and two computers complete with monitors, scanners and colour printers and Webcams for the children to use, along with some teddy bears.
CHEO has recently wired its facility for high-speed Internet access, so the brand-new computer equipment, worth about $8,000, couldn't come at a better time.
National Gallery of Canada staff raised the money to buy the equipment at the Gallery's Annual Golf Tournament in August. The fundraising campaign was the idea of Mélissa Levesque, who works in the Gallery's bookstore, and her husband Mike Adams, a former Gallery employee. The couple were inspired by the excellent care their young son received when he was treated for cancer at CHEO. His cancer has been in remission for a year.
The family joined Ms. Charette for the dedication ceremony, as did Gallery employee Pierrette Lagrois, who organized the golf tournament.
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