Airdrie Angel program looking for nominations
Grassroots organization helps those those with life-threatening conditions
An Airdrie Realtor and philanthropist is asking residents to get behind Airdrie Angel – a non-profit program that aims to provide help for those struggling with life-threatening diseases.
Matt Carre, a real estate agent with Sothebys Realty in Airdrie started the program with his wife Michelle in 2012 and has helped nine people get the attention and supplies they need.
The Airdrie Angel program is designed to give a hand up to a person or family in Airdrie that is going through a difficult time.
The Carre’s were inspired by the Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
A recipient is chosen by a selection committee every month, and a team from Airdrie Angel delivers whatever the recipient needs.
“One recipient is picked per month and they are called and the interview is aired at 7:40 a.m. on the first Friday of the month on a local radio station,” he explained.
“The interview is played again Friday afternoon and again on Saturday. The goal is to increase the frequency and we would love to make it a weekly program but we need more nominations and of course more support. Right now, the support is fantastic but we also don’t want to be a burden on any of the companies that sponsor the program and we understand everyone has budget and/or a limit as to how much support they can give.”
Carre admits there is a fair amount of support from businesses in the community, but he would like to see more nominations submitted to the program.
The donations aren’t “life-saving money” Carre points out, but packages that help with the recipients current situations.
“The goal is to help those that are having a rough go of it at no fault of their own,” he said.
“So we try to tailor the package to their needs but with that, every month Hassett and Reid LLP have donated $500 cash to the recipients since February.”
According to the programs website, “(In July), we had a 13-year-old girl nominate her best friend’s family. They have a family-run business and the father recently had a heart attack. The need for the father to rest is paramount at this time but unfortunately that has caused the family business to suffer creating a hardship for the family.”
To nominate a deserving member of the community contact Airdrie Angel at www.facebook.com/airdrieangel