L to R: Doug Osborn, RMHS Board Member and For Every Family Capital Campaign Co-chair; Geoff Gay, ABD; Glen Strong, Points Athabasca; Board Member Edwin Boneleye; Gord Gillespie, West Wind Aviation; George Presseault, Team Drilling.

$100,000 Donation to Ronald McDonald House Made in Honour of Edwin Boneleye

March 3, 2013 in Giving Back People
Explorer: Spring 2013

This winter, Athabasca Basin Development, Team Drilling, West Wind Aviation and Points Athabasca contributed $25,000 each for a total of $100,000 to Saskatoon’s Ronald McDonald House. The donation was named after ABD Board Member Edwin Boneleye, in honour of his current battle with cancer.

“Our friend and colleague Edwin is fighting a brave battle with cancer right now and his strength and his courage are inspiring,” says Geoff Gay, CEO of Athabasca Basin Development. “We are honoured to make this donation to the Ronald McDonald House Capital Campaign and to have a room built in Chief Boneleye’s name, to recognize him not only for his contributions to the Athabasca region, but also to honour his strength and courage in the midst of this battle. The Ronald McDonald House provides a way for families to support their loved ones during their own battles and I am proud that we are supporting such a worthwhile charity.”

“Thank you so much for your generous contribution to the Ronald McDonald House,” says Angela Bergerman, Capital Campaign Associate for the Ronald McDonald House. “This donation will go towards expanding the house so that we can make sure we have the room to provide accommodations for families of sick children travelling to Saskatoon for medical treatment. This donation is truly appreciated by so many families and it is wonderful to be part of such a momentous gift.”

The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families of sick children travelling to Saskatoon to receive medical treatment. The northern region of the province has been the second biggest user since 1995 with over 1,400 families accessing the facility. The Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan prides itself on maintaining a warm, comforting, safe atmosphere where families have the opportunity to connect with other families in similar situations. In 2012, the Ronald McDonald House kicked off the “For Every Family” capital campaign, to expand the house to ensure that they are able to accommodate all families whose children need medical treatment. For more information, visit www.rmh.sk.ca.