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Polaris Travel Clinic backs Airdrie Health Foundation

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 10:33 am

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Airdrie’s Polaris Travel Clinic has announced the company will be donating $1 to the Airdrie Health Foundation (AHF) for every travel vaccination administered between March 1 and June 30.

The clinic has been in Airdrie since January 2013 and is focused on keeping travellers safe and healthy while on trips across the world. They are now taking on another focus by lending their support to AHF.

Funds raised through this initiative will go toward helping the AHF advocate for 24-hour emergency medical care in Airdrie.

“The AHF is very excited and thankful to receive this donation from Polaris Travel Clinic,” said Michelle Bates, AHF vice chair. “It will aid us in our journey to gain better health services in Airdrie.”

AHF is made up of local representatives that includes politicians, health care professionals and community members, including Mayor Peter Brown, Alderman Allan Hunter and Airdrie MLA Rob Anderson, who together have been leading the charge to lobby the Province for a 24-hour healthcare facility in Airdrie.

This isn’t the first time that Polaris has lent a hand to a community organization; from September to December 2013, the clinic held the same fundraiser for the Airdrie Food Bank, donating $605.

“It’s an important cause to bring 24-hour emergency care and increased access to healthcare to Airdrie,” said Jason Kmet, owner of Polaris Travel Clinic. “We want to be able to give back to the community in any way we can.”

With just a little over a year in business in Airdrie, the clinic has seen its intake grow from month-to-month, though Kmet said it’s hard to predict how this fundraiser will turn out.

“Around the months of May and June people might be opting to go to a cottage or lake more so than travelling overseas so it’s hard to know how many vaccinations we’ll administer.”

As a relatively new service to the city, Kmet said he has a clear understanding of what AHF is trying to accomplish, which made it an easy decision for him to lend them support.

“Before we opened last year, Airdrie residents had to go to Calgary for the types of service we offer,” said Kmet. “We’re right in step with what the AHF is doing in trying to localize these services. I’m happy to support a local cause.”

For more information on the Polaris Travel Clinic, visit www.polaristravelclinic.ca


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