Equip­ment for lo­cal hos­pi­tals pos­si­ble

The Goderich Signal-Star - - Opinion -

On Oc­to­ber 20, the AMGH Foun­da­tion par­tic­i­pated in the 17th An­nual CKNX Health Care He­roes Ra­dio­thon which raised over $313,000 for eight lo­cal hos­pi­tals.

Since in­cep­tion in 2002, the CKNX Health Care He­roes Ra­dio­thon has raised over $11 mil­lion to sup­port qual­ity health care through­out ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in mid-western On­tario. The Ra­dio­thon is one of the most com­pelling fundrais­ers in Mid-Western On­tario, bring­ing to­gether lo­cal hospi­tal foun­da­tions, in sup­port of pur­chas­ing med­i­cal equip­ment for area hos­pi­tals.

Dur­ing the all-day broad­cast on AM920, do­na­tions were called in and de­liv­ered to the stu­dio, while lo­cal artists per­formed live help­ing to cre­ate a very en­ter­tain­ing event. Per­form­ers even joined in the spirit, mak­ing do­na­tions and is­su­ing chal­lenges to raise more funds for the par­tic­i­pat­ing hos­pi­tals. Spe­cial gifts di­rected to sup­port sev­eral hos­pi­tals come from ma­jor phil­an­thropic busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing: Hay Mu­tual In­sur­ance, Ger­ma­nia Mu­tual In­sur­ance, How­ick Mu­tual In­sur­ance, Bruce Power, and the Lucknow Kins­men. Through­out the broad­cast pa­tients shared their sto­ries about the care they re­ceived at their lo­cal hospi­tal. Health care pro­fes­sion­als and vol­un­teers de­scribed the im­por­tance and ben­e­fit of up-to-date equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy.

Dr. Aaron Daters, a Gen­eral Sur­geon at AMGH, spoke about the scopes that the AMGH Foun­da­tion is rais­ing funds for and the ben­e­fits to pa­tients of be­ing able to have these pro­ce­dures close to home. “Ra­dio­thon at­tributes its suc­cess to gen­er­ous donors, ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, and the shared com­mit­ment of the par­tic­i­pat­ing hospi­tal foun­da­tions to work to­gether for qual­ity health care close to home. Ev­ery­one in­volved de­serves a sin­cere thank you,” shared Shan­non LaHay, AMGH Foun­da­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. When the Ra­dio­thon went off-air at 4 pm, the grand to­tal for the AMGH Foun­da­tion was over $34,000 to­wards their $50,000 goal. This to­tal is ex­pected to grow as the Foun­da­tion con­tin­ues to ac­cept con­tri­bu­tions for their project for an­other few weeks. Do­na­tions can still be made by drop­ping off or mail­ing to the Foun­da­tion Of­fice, by call­ing the Foun­da­tion at 519-524-8508, or on­line at www.amgh­foun­da­tion.ca.

Un­til Oc­to­ber 31, a $10 do­na­tion can also be made by tex­ting the words HERO AMGH to 41010.

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