Thank you to our many individual donors, and the businesses and organizations:
Farm Credit Canada
Gateway Cooperative (Canora)
Rusnak Balacko Kachur Rusnak
Dr. Greg Trischuk
Everlast Eaves & Exteriors
DR Auto Extras
Churchbridge Credit Union
A & W
GX Community Cookbook Fund
Duck Mountain Ambulance
Canora Wheatland Lioness
Yorkton Co-op $4,862.90
Mosaic Potash Esterhazy
The 11th annual GX94 and FOX FM Airwaves for Health Radiothon was a huge success raising $72,847.90. The annual radiothon was held April 24 and 25, with both radio stations broadcasting live from the regional hospital in Yorkton. Harvard Broadcasting covers all of the costs of the radiothon, so 100% of donations go toward buying medical equipment.
The Airwaves for Health Radiothon introduced the Foundation's campaign raising funds to upgrade equipment in the maternity ward of the regional hospital. The number of births in the regional hospital has increased from 400 to roughly 700 a year; there is a need to upgrade equipment in the maternity ward because more babies are being born with complications.
The Health Foundation is raising funds to buy equipment that will help doctors and nurses to attend better to the needs of children born with complications; items like, infant resuscitation equipment, infant ventilators, infant warmers, and fetal heart monitors.
“We think part of the reason the radiothon was such a success was that a lot of the nurses from maternity talked on the radio explaining why they need the equipment and what it means to the babies. Most of the nurses made their own personal donations as well. I think when the staff really care like that it comes across on the radio”, said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation.
“We also had nurses and technicians on air to talk about a number of the new services and expanded services we’ve put in place over the last couple of years. It’s good to remind people that we are always trying to improve our local healthcare, and we also want to make sure people are aware of the new services.”
There were also 21 businesses or organizations that made contributions of $1,000 or more who participated in interviews and on air discussions explaining why they were making a donation and why they support the work of the Foundation. As well, 112 individuals either phoned in a donation or came to the hospital to make a donation.
“This event has become very important to The Health Foundation,” said Mr. Fisher. “Not only does the radiothon raise a significant amount of money, it also reaches a huge amount of people creating tremendous public awareness regarding the work of The Health Foundation.”
“GX94 and FOX FM have been great to work with. Their staff really care, and you can see the energy and enthusiasm of the on-air radio people clearly reaches the public,” he added.