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PALS loses $56k grant

Cancer charity PALS lost its $56,000 Government grant in the 2013/14 Budget.

The majority of charities didn’t have their funding cut for the coming fiscal year; WindReach is set to receive a $10,000 boost to its coffers.

However grants and contributions to science education at the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo and the Bermuda Biodiversity Project were scrapped. The programmes had received $110,000 and $90,000 respectively.

Age Concern and the Bermuda Island’s Association of the Deaf also saw their annual grants cut by $3,000 and $5,000 respectively.

Grants to Tomorrow’s Voices and Project Action fell from $16,000 to $15,000.

PALS chairman Gavin Arton said the cut was a setback, but the charity’s work would continue.

“Naturally we are disappointed, but the reality is that there are a number of other charities that probably need the money more than we do,” he said.

“We will have to find a way to cover the deficit, but it’s not going to cripple the charity.”

Mr Arton noted that Finance Minister Bob Richards was once a board member.

He said he is well aware of the charity’s financial situation, and the role the grant plays in covering its $1.4 million annual operating budget.

“Yes, it’s a meaningful percentage of our operating costs but we have some investments, we have some money we have put away for a rainy day,” Mr Arton said.

“We are an organisation that takes care of cancer patients. Unfortunately, cancer is not going away. We treat people at no cost to the patients.

“We just hope people remember PALS when we send out our fundraising drives.”

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Published February 23, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated February 23, 2013 at 12:27 am)

PALS loses $56k grant

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