• Jules-Pierre Malartre

Oodles of noodles for VSPCR


PHOTO COURTESY VAUDREUIL-SOULANGES PALLIATIVE CARE RESIDENCE FOUNDATION

Laurier Gauthier (third from right) and his team pitching in at what’s become the must-attend annual event in the region – the Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for the VSPCR Foundation.

If all systems are go, 2019 year will mark one decade of dishing out spaghetti, sauce, and salad with proceeds raised to benefit the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) by a very dedicated team.

The Knights of Columbus of District 47 held another spaghetti dinner on October 21 with all proceeds going to support the VSPCR Foundation. The event which is gaining in popularity every year managed to raise $2,215.

“I was approached by the two founding members of the Foundation, Sylvie Crevier and Richard Mainville,” says Laurier Gauthier of the Knights of Columbus. “It was something we did not have in the region, but that were really needed. For the Knights of Columbus, it was part of our mission to help the community. So, I took the initiative to launch those spaghetti dinner events.”

Over the past nine years, the spaghetti dinners have managed to raise $38,902 for the Foundation. This amount increases to $65,000 once donations from the population and the Foundation’s ambassadors over that same period are factored in.

“We also receive donations from people who do not attend the spaghetti dinners,” Gauthier explains. “And we encourage people to become benefactors by making $1000 contributions.”

Gauthier is proud of the community’s response to the dinner that has become a yearly tradition. Support for the event has remained steady year after year.

“Every year, over 300 people attend. It’s becoming a ‘Happening’ for people,” Gauthier said, adding that he often gets calls early during summer to inquire when the next spaghetti dinner would take place.

“It’s a nice family event. It’s become a local tradition,” Gauthier, who feels that support for the dinner is growing year after year.

“People come to support the cause. Some have lived a situation (requiring palliative care), or they had friends who benefited from the residence’s services, but all come for the cause,” Gauthier explains. “The region needs the Palliative Care Residence. It’s a better, more humane solution than hospitals.”

Gauthier has visited the residence on numerous occasions, and was impressed with the installations and the staff. “It’s a very serene environment,” he said. “Being able to leave on your final journey in peaceful surroundings is a boon, for both the patients and their families.”

The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) has offered free specialized palliative care services to residents suffering from a terminal illness ever since September 2010. The government only sponsors a fraction of the residence’s operational costs. Most of the funds required for the residence to carry on its mission are raised through volunteer-run events such as the spaghetti dinner organized by the Knights of Columbus.

For more information on how you can help the Foundation of the Palliative Care Residence of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, please visit www.mspvs.org. The next Spaghetti Dinner is scheduled for October 20, 2019.

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