Clarence-Rockland residents tuned in to raise more than half a million dollars on March 24 towards the reconstruction of a local long-term care facility.

The second radio-telethon for the Centre d’Accueil Roger-Séguin in Clarence Creek raised $511,110 for the $10 million campaign.  The total cost of rebuilding the facility and making sure it meets provincial regulations is estimated at $35 million.

The radio-telethon was broadcast live on Unique-FM and TVC-22 from the Salle Optimiste.  Entertainment was provided by 21 local entertainers and food was provided for the audience by Rosalynn’s Bistro.  Jean-François Dion and Marie-Clo were master’s of ceremonies for the event and many volunteers helped with the broadcast.

“It is a great message of love the local population has given us this year,” said Centre d’Accueil Roger-Séguin Administrator Joanne Henri.

“We attained our goal, and we are one step closer to our ultimate goal of $10 million,” Henri added.

In addition to the radio-telethon, the facility recently started the “Do you have your brick?” campaign to also raise funds for the reconstruction project.

Plans are already being made for next year’s radio-telethon, and it is never too late to donate, even though this year’s event is over.  Donations can be made online at or by calling 613-446-6037.