Nova Scotia

Halifax doctors back oval fundraising

Two Halifax doctors are adding their names to the list of people looking to financially support the Halifax skating oval.

Two Halifax doctors are adding their names to the list of people looking to financially support the Halifax skating oval.

Emergency physician John Ross and endicrinologist Dale Clayton are pledging $1,000 each towards the facility's operating costs, and are encouraging others to do the same. They say they were motivated to contribute because of the positive impact the oval will have on people's health, if it's kept on the Halifax Common.

Ross and Clayton said there are skyrocketing numbers of Nova Scotians with diabetes and the oval could help to keep those numbers down.

"This discussion around the oval comes up and I see huge numbers of people, in Halifax anyway, that are enjoying the benefits of it and to me it just seems like a no-brainer," said Ross.

The city still hasn't decided what it will do with the oval once the Canada Winter Games wrap up at the end of February. The annual cost to operate the facility for a year has been estimated at $250,000.

Ross believes the city is waiting to see if there's enough support to keep the oval.

"It's a challenge as far as the cost. I think if one used a little creativity and innovation, again considering the importance of keeping Nova Scotia busy in the winter, it seems like one of those things that surely ... I just don't know what the problem is I guess," said Ross.

There have already been a number of corporate plegdes toward the oval including $200,000 from a fitness chain. Ross believes others will come forward.

"You know, I make charitable donations to things throughout the year and this one seems to me it's tangible. I think it's important and I'm kind of hoping that others will see that as something that is important and will participate too," said Ross.

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