Two un­sung he­roes rec­og­nized by Ro­tary

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

Two Drumheller men who helped raise over $120,000 for the Drumheller Health Cen­tre were rec­og­nized as un­sung he­roes by the Ro­tary Club on Mon­day, Septem­ber 10.

Over the last two years Chip Aiello and John McKen­zie have been rais­ing funds from lo­cal Hut­terite colonies to do­nate to the Drumheller Area Health Foun­da­tion for new equip­ment in the in­ten­sive care unit, in­clud­ing four beds and the up­com­ing pur­chase of a wound evac­u­a­tor, as well as the pur­chase of two baby warm­ers and a ven­ti­la­tor unit.

“I don’t think we ever thought too much of this,” said McKen­zie at the ban­quet. “We just went to the hos­pi­tal and talked to ad­min­is­tra­tion and said we had this idea of how we could get a few bucks from the colonies. We did pretty good.”

Aiello cred­ited McKen­zie with com­ing up with the idea and said the worst that could have hap­pened was the colonies sim­ply say­ing ‘ no’ to them. And they didn’t.

“It’s not all our story. It’s the fel­las on the colonies, the plaque should be out there,” he said.

Drumheller Health Cen­tre ad­min­is­tra­tive sec­re­tary Linda Ames said the abil­ity to pur­chase new equip­ment is vi­tal for the suc­cess of the hos­pi­tal.

“Al­berta Health Ser­vices pays to main­tain, it doesn’t pay for in­no­va­tion. You might think you’re med­i­cal in­sur­ance will cover ev­ery­thing but it doesn’t. That’s where do­na­tions and sup­port from the com­mu­nity come in, they make up that dif­fer­ence. You can’t at­tract good med­i­cal staff here if you don’t have good equip­ment,” she said, adding the com­mu­nity sup­ports the hos­pi­tal with about $100,000 on av­er­age every year which makes a dif­fer­ence in the qual­ity of ser­vice pro­vided. “With­out Chip and John, aware­ness of our needs wouldn’t have been on the radar for our Hut­terite friends.”

The two men were nom­i­nated by Ro­tary mem­ber Rod Dormer who says they are truly un­sung he­roes as no one re­ally knew about their project.

Their fundrais­ing ef­forts are on­go­ing and the two don’t have plans to stop any time soon. They have raised $28,000 so far this year.

Chip Aiello and John McKen­zie were rec­og­nized by the lo­cal Ro­tary Club for their fundrais­ing ef­forts for the Drumheller Health Cen­tre. Pic­tured from left is the Drumheller Area Health Foun­da­tion’s Gary Krab­sen, Ro­tary pres­i­dent Stacey Gal­lagher, Health Foun­da­tion ad­min­is­tra­tive sec­re­tary Linda Ames, Mr. McKen­zie, Ro­tary mem­ber Rod Dormer, and Mr. Aiello.

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