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Struggling economy hurts local cancer charities

Last Updated Nov 30, 2018 at 7:20 am MST

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This year has not been kind to some Calgary cancer charities as donations have dropped significantly

Many charities have had to dip into reserve funds just to get by

CALGARY (660NEWS) – This year has not been kind to some Calgary cancer charities as donations have dropped significantly as a result of the struggling Alberta economy.

Some of these charities said that they needed to make tough decisions which included dipping into reserve funds just to get by.

“We’re also fortunate that right now we have reserves to keep us out and that’s because of the generosity of our community but we are dipping into those right now,” said Director of Resources for the Prostate Cancer Centre, Linda McNaughton.

Kids Cancer Care, an organization that provides programs for kids battling cancer in Alberta, said it’s also needed to dive into reserve funds due to the decline in donations.

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Kids Cancer Care Christine McIvor said that most of its donations come from the business community.

“Businesses are closing down and they are not coming back on. If businesses are not doing well then, of course, they’re not employing people and unemployed people cannot afford to make charitable gifts.”

McIver said that she has had challenging years with the organization but this is the first time that she will see red on her bottom line finances.

Both organizations are appealing to Calgarians to not only donate to cancer charities but to make sure money given is staying in the city.