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Pierre Elliott Trudeau:

Donations trickle in

Thursday, October 5, 2000

Canadians are responding to a request from the sons of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau to donate money to charity in his memory, although it is too early to say how enthusiastically.

Justin and Sacha Trudeau asked that donations be made to help to combat cancer or Parkinson's disease. Mr. Trudeau, who had Parkinson's, died last week of prostate cancer.

Mary Jardine, national executive director of the Toronto-based Parkinson Foundation of Canada, said yesterday that the organization has already received about $4,000 in pledges.

She said that about 90 credit-card pledges, in amounts ranging from $5 to $200, were made by telephone since the Trudeau family request. She said she anticipates more donations in the coming days.

Kirstin Ring, acting communications manager for the Canadian Cancer Society, said yesterday that it is too soon to provide any Canada-wide figures on donations because the society is decentralized and contributions are made locally.

However, Ms. Ring said that the society's Ontario division reports receiving about $4,000 to date and the Montreal region about $2,000.

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