Shelling out donations

Oil sands giant’s 22-day campaign raises $69,000 for maternal health

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

The Northern Lights Health Foundation recently received a donation of $69,000 from Shell Albian Sands and participating contractors who supported the spring 2016 Turnaround at Albian. Supplied photo

The Northern Lights Health Foundation recently received a donation of $69,000 from Shell Albian Sands and participating contractors who supported the spring 2016 Turnaround at Albian. Supplied photo

A $69,000 donation to the Northern Lights Health Foundation will help fund maternal health equipment at the local hospital with thanks to Shell Albian Sands.

The money was raised by Shell’s staff and participating contractors through a safety campaign tagged as ‘22-day Goal Zero Turnaround’.

“Safety is a core value at Shell. To us, there is nothing more important than our employees and contractors going home safely to their loved ones each day,” said Patrick McCormick, safety manager at Shell Albian Sands. “We invest in campaigns like this to reinforce the personal aspect of safety. When we work safely, everyone wins – our employees, contractors, families and communities.”

According to a release, Shell pledge to donate $2,000 each ‘Goal Zero’ day accomplished, which resulted in a day with no work-related incidents or leaks at the oil sands plant. The funding will go towards the purchase of two neonatal warmers with perinatal monitors for the Northern Lights Health Centre.

The NLHF stated this new equipment is used to “regulate a baby’s body temperature and features AutoBreath technology, which provides precise respiratory services to babies, preventing respiratory complication and safeguarding fragile lungs.”

“This innovative project will provide access to medical services not previously available in Wood Buffalo. The neonatal warmers with perinatal monitors Shell is funding will ensure caregivers have access to the best medical tools when they need them most,” said Cindy Amerongen, Executive Director of the Health Foundation. On behalf of the Health Foundation’s Board of Directors and Staff, we thank Shell’s team and contractors for their support.”

The Northern Lights Health Foundation recently funded a tele health nursery project in partnership with the Stollery Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit northernlightshealthfoundation.ca

– Connect Weekly –