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Carnation: First flower of Cape Breton spring



























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There might still be snow on the ground but there will soon be plenty of spring flowers around, as the annual multiple sclerosis carnation campaign kicks off next week.

Carl MacLeod, co-chair of the campaign for the MS Society in Cape Breton, said tables of carnations will be set up May 7, 8, and 9 at Lawton’s on Plummer Ave., New Waterford, as well as at the Mayflower Mall at both the food court area as well as the Winner’s entrance to the mall. There will also be a table at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital on Friday, May 8.

Usually MacLeod takes preorders but this year he simply put in an order of what the demand usually is, but upped the order on the most popular items, such as potted plants and single carnations.

The large bouquets are $12, the smaller bouquet is $7, the potted plant is $8, and single stem carnations are $3.

MacLeod said it’s important people support the campaign. He said the carnation is a Mother’s Day symbol.

“If you don’t sell them after the campaign is over, they get wasted,” he said.

“It’s a shame to waste beautiful plants and it’s also costly, and affects the fundraiser.”

All funds raised go to the MS Society for research and patient services in the Atlantic division.

MacLeod joined the society after his wife, the late Shirley MacLeod, was diagnosed with MS in 1992. Shirley died March 14, 2012.

“I lost my inspiration but I still have my determination,” he said.

MacLeod said he stays involved, knowing some day a cure will be found.

“If someone, somewhere is helped some day by our efforts, it’s worth it.”

smontgomery@cbpost.com

Organizations: MS Society, Cape Breton Regional Hospital Geographic location: Cape Breton, New Waterford, Atlantic


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