Following a very generous donation from the late Dr. William Lewis, Portage Atlantic will soon be launching the Lewis Fitness Centre Capital Campaign, which seeks to raise an additional $800,000 for the construction of a brand new fitness centre to be built on-site for the youth in addiction rehabilitation treatment at Cassidy Lake.
With Co-Chairs Dave Emmerson, Portage Atlantic Director and owner of Riverview Ford in Fredericton, and Andre Vincent, Assumption Life’s President and CEO, at the helm of the campaign, the Lewis Fitness Centre Capital Campaign got into gear this April, with a generous pledge of $40,000 from the Nashwaaksis Lions Club.
The New Maryland Lions Club, Assumption Life, Lockhart Foundation, and another business in Moncton that wishes to remain anonymous have followed suit with generous donations of their own. This combined contribution of over $100,000 is an important step in the campaign, which will be officially launched on June 25, 2014.
At Portage, recreational and physical activities help residents to focus and be more attentive to the therapeutic community
and the addiction rehabilitation treatment process. Through regular participation in physical activities, many of the youth rediscover activities and sports that they once enjoyed but had abandoned because of their drug use. The Lewis Fitness Centre will provide the youth in treatment with a new venue to be active and learn to develop a healthy lifestyle.
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Photo caption : The Nashwaaksis Lions Club are longtime supporters of Portage Atlantic, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth between the ages of 14 and 21 with serious substance-abuse addiction, the club had pledged $40,000 towards the Lewis Fitness Centre capital campaign.
In the photo from left are: Nashwaaksis Club President Chad Farell, Lions Claire Hawkins and Ron Evans, presenting the second installment on the pledge to Dave Emmerson and Carol Tracey from Portage Atlantic.
Photo credit :
The Fredericton Daily Gleaner ( 08-avr.-2014)