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Hearts, Wallets Open for PNR RailWorks Employee

Top: Eddy Gillard (highlighted) with fellow crew members on the Edmonton North Light Rail Transit project. Above: Supervisor Garry Potrebenko made good on a promise and shaved his head after the Pacific Region of PNR RailWorks surpassed the $3,000 mark in fundraising for Eddy.

When PNR RailWorks employees learned that Prairie Region Foreman Eddy Gillard needed a liver transplant, they opened their hearts and their wallets.

Garry Potrebenko, Superintendent of the Ridley Terminals project in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, got the ball rolling by responding to a challenge from Terry Jones, project superintendent for WorleyParsons. “If you can raise $3,000 for Eddy’s Liver Transplant Fund, I will let you shave my head,” said Garry.
 
That was all that was needed. The challenge was on.
 
Workers at Ridley Terminals marine bulk-handling facilities, representing PNR RailWorks, Ridley Terminals Inc., and WorleyParsons, donated $2,645. 
 
The Pacific region, in British Columbia, dedicated a full day in March to Eddy. The day began with an Easter Egg Hunt. Every egg found resulted in a $2 donation to the fund. A barbecue lunch and a 50-50 raffle followed. The winner of the draw donated back all of the funds. By the end of the day, employees in the Pacific region had raised $1,800.  Later donations brought the total well past the head-shaving threshold, and Gary Potrebenko made good on his promise.
 
Employees in Cochrane, Alberta, in PNR RailWorks’ Prairie Region, responded with a donation of $2,495. 
 
Due to health complications related to his failing liver, Eddy has been unable to work since early 2012. He and his wife Amanda and two children, ages 8 and 11, are confronted with both a health and financial burden.  From a hospital in Halifax, where he would undergo a surgical procedure to prepare him for a future liver transplant, Eddy conveyed sincere appreciation and thanks to all of the generous donors – most of whom don’t know him.  The total at last count was around $6,300.