SUPPORT TO WOUNDED SOLDIERS
(Revised 31 Oct 2006)http://thercr.ca/support_our_soldiers.htmSupport to Wounded Soldiers(Revised 31 Oct 2006)
The Support to Wounded Soldiers program, which originally targeted the raising of funds for Hospital Packs for soldiers wounded on operations in Afghanistan, has met with unexpected success. The Royal Canadian Regiment, and The RCR Association, would like to express their deepest gratitude to everyone who has contributed to this stage of our Support Program. We have received donations not only from members of the regimental family, but also from Canadians and Americans who share our concerns for providing for the well being of our soldiers.
Soldiers who have benefited from the Hospital Pack program have expressed their warmest thanks to all who have contributed. In their moment of greatest need, the generosity of all donors has made it possible to extend this simple but effective gesture to these soldiers on behalf of the Regiment and all who support them. As of Oct 2006, over $25,000 has been raised towards Hospital Packs.
It is hoped, at this time, that this will be sufficient to support that particular initiative for the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Regiment in Afghanistan over the next year, and to be prepared for the deployment of the 3rd Battalion in 2008.
The intent of this program is to support wounded soldiers. Our first priority is to use donations to provide Hospital Packs to units of The Royal Canadian Regiment overseas in case they are needed. In the event that additional Hospital Packs are not required, remaining donations will be used to support wounded soldiers of the Royal Canadian Regiment and details of these new initiatives will be posted here.The Hospital Pack Program
The Regimental Association of the RCR has in place a support program that provides clothing and amenities to wounded soldiers as they are evacuated from Afghanistan to Germany. These hospital packs were put together following an excellent example set by the PPCLI Association in support of their troops on previous rotations in the theatre.
Each pack provided to the soldiers contains sweats, t-shirts, under clothing, toiletries and other small items. They are provided to the soldiers on evacuation and, when the medical system has removed the combat clothing they were wearing, the pack contents become the soldiers' immediate level of support until the means to provide other items at the hospital fills his or her needs. These kits are (and have been) provided to any soldier of the battle group, regardless of their regimental affiliation. (This again follows the fine example set by our sister Regiment.)
This program is being funded through donations to The RCR Association, with each pack costing $100 to assemble.
The individual Hospital packs are assembled by the deployed Battalion's Kit Shop in Canada.Donations
Donations of any size can be made toward the program, either by cheque to The RCR Association, or by credit card payment by contacting the RCR Kit Shop in London, ON. Cheques should be made out to The RCR Fund and forwarded to the Chairman, The RCR Association, Wolseley Barracks, 750 Elizabeth St, London ON N5Y 4T7.
Individuals will receive a receipt for a charitable donation from the Regiment.
The Regimental Kit Shop in London is now prepared to accept credit card payments in any amount toward the Support to Wounded Soldiers program:firstname.lastname@example.org
701 Oxford St East
Donations page at The RCR Kit Shop website. - LINK
For those who wish to consider donations to support other regimental programs of The Royal Canadian Regiment, please visit our Fund Development pages here - LINK