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North Docs Win @ 2nd Annual Physician Charity Softball Game

North Wellington Health Care Docs were the winners of the 2nd Annual Physician Charity Softall Game. The Groves Docs put in a strong effort in an evenly matched game that went into an extra inning. In the end, the North Docs determination was enough to bring home the coveted bedpan trophy! Great weather, fun and camaraderie were enjoyed by all. All proceeds from the game are divided up evenly to each of our three hospital Foundations.

Thanks, Dr. Peterkin for leading the charge of this event!

The 19th Annual Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation's Starlight Gala

PALMERSTON - When walking through the doors of the Palmerston Community Centre last Saturday night, people were transported to Monte Carlo. The Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation hosted the 19th annual Starlight Gala on May 25.

The sold-out event had a casino theme, dubbed Moonlight Over Monte Carlo. Organizers for the event said that it was once again a huge success, and expect to realize a healthy profit once the numbers are tallied.

Click on over to the Wellington Advertiser to take a look through their gallery for photos from the event.

2018 CKNX Radiothon

The 17th annual CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon wrapped up with a bang.

The event to help local hospital foundations raise money for new hospital equipment raised a total of $313,419.

That pushes the event total well over the $11 million mark over the 17 years.

Our own John Marshall spoke about the Radiothon and how important even the smallest donation is to these hospitals.

“If we all give a little, we all can get a lot,” said Marshall.

He also spoke about how adding entertainment in recent years has made the event even more special not just for the people there but the performers.

“It allows these performers to get air time and to entertain and for us it adds an element that isn’t just a bunch of people begging for money, it makes it fun,” added Marshall.

You can still donate by visiting and clicking on events or contact your local hospital foundation.

The hospital foundations that are involved include; Wingham, Listowel, Goderich, Chesley, Palmerston, Mount Forrest, Seaforth and Clinton.

18th Annual Starlight Gala Raised Over $215,000

The 18th Annual Starlight Gala, held on May 26th, 2018 at the Harriston-Minto Community Centre, was a resounding success.  The event raised over $215,000 and reached the goal of being able to replace the Defibrillators with Crashcarts and Infusion Pumps that are used throughout the hospital.  The Gala's success is a testament to the true rural community spirit that exists in this area.  Thank you to all who supported the event, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Pictured are members of the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation Starlight Gala leadership committee gathered at the May 26 event at the Harriston-Minto Community Centre. From left: front,  Gala co-chairs Natasha Sinclair and Amy Habermehl, Dale Franklin and Yvonne Schieck; back, Josie McLaughlin, Nancy McIsaac, Shirley Ann Litt, Jacqui Cressman, Gail Cronsberry, Barb Huntley, Kathy Statia, Tracy Hill, Lynn Hodgins, Ron Hodgins, Sue Bridge and Ron Ellis.  photo by Patrick Raftis


$10,000 Donation in Support of Nursing Education

Palmerston and District Hospital recently received a $10,000 donation from RBC in support of local nursing education. From left: front, RBC commercial account manager health care, Wellington-Dufferin Karen Galasso, RBC branch manager Harriston Clifford, Wendy Albrecht, Palmerston Hospital RPN Debbie Binkle, PDH Foundation development officer Dale Frankin; centre, RBC branch manager Arthur  Bahaar Luhar, Palmerston Hospital patient care manager Nancy Cleary, RBC  branch manager Drayton Cathy Vesnaver, RBC mortgage specialist Drayton Jackie Harnock, Palmerston Hospital RN Mark Byers, Palmerston Hospital ward secretary Sandra Lloyd; back, RBC business account manager James Zorychta, RBC assistant manager Drayton Amber Weima, RBC  regional vice-president Dan Woods, Palmerston Hospital RNs Esther Freeman and Katie Olechowski.  Photo by Caroline Sealey

- from the Wellington Advertiser


MLF Memorial Tournament Passes $700,000 Raised in 13 years for Local Health Care

From left, the team of Nick Spaling, Scott Cherrey, Tyson Cherrey, Tim Clark and Brian Debeyer were the winners of this year's Mary Lynne Forrest Memorial Golf Tournament with a score of 17-under par.


PIKE LAKE – On July 19 a total of 146 golfers hit the links at Pike Lake Golf Centre to enjoy a great day of golf, and pay tribute to a dear friend and family member, at the 13th annual Mary Lynne Forrest (MLF) Memorial Golf Tournament.

This year’s event had a goal of raising $50,000 for the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation to assist with the purchase of a mobile x-ray unit for the Palmerston and District Hospital.

Greg Shaw, a member of the organizing committee for this year’s MLF tournament, said the committee is optimistic that goal will be reached.

“We’re still finalizing some numbers, but we’re optimistic,” he said on July 20.

The MLF tournament has raised more than $700,000 in 13 years for the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation and the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation.

Adding to the atmosphere at this year’s event was the lack of electricity, as a dump truck hit a hydro pole north of Mount Forest earlier in the day, knocking out the power at Pike Lake and much of the surrounding area.

“It was about 3 p.m. and someone asked me what we were going to do, and I said, ‘it is what it is,’” said Shaw.

When the time came to start cooking and there was still no sign of power, Shaw said that it became “a throwback to the old days.”

“We moved everything outside,” said Shaw. “The kitchen staff were awesome and cooked everything outside on the grill, we ate off of paper plates, and everyone just came together to make sure the event went on.”

“It was a really cool atmosphere,” he added. “It was like a throwback to the old days of Pike Lake when everyone did what they had to do, no matter what their title was.”

The live auction, conducted by Barry Gray from Gray’s Auction Service in Harriston, was once again a success. Featured items this year included an autographed Auston Matthews jersey, box seats to a Justin Bieber concert, an Olympic golf flag signed by the 2016 Canadian Olympic golfers, and David Hearn’s Canadian Olympic team golf bag, signed by the former Pike Lake junior member.

“It couldn’t have went any better, even if we did have power,” said Shaw. “It was a great day, and we’re grateful for the support of the sponsors, donors and golfers.”

Dale Franklin, development officer for the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation, said that the foundation is grateful for the Forrest family and the MLF tournament.

“We’re grateful for the commitment to local hospitals shown by George Forrest and the organizing committee of the Mary Lynne Forrest Memorial Golf Tournament,” said Franklin. “George and his daughters Brandy, Christa and Sheree, along with their team at Pike Lake, will be providing a huge kick start to the campaign to purchase a mobile x-ray Unit for the Palmerston and District Hospital.”

The mobile x-ray machine s digital, and Franklin says it will provide improved imaging, and be much faster than traditional methods. She also said that it will be agile enough to be moved easily throughout the hospital.

“This will allow this vital diagnostic service to be brought directly to the bedside of patients who are too seriously ill or injured to be assessed by standard x-ray technology,” she said.

Franklin explained that the funds raised from the MLF tournament is the start of the fundraising campaign for the mobile x-ray unit, with this coming fall’s Radiothon campaign also setting a goal to fundraise for the machine. It is hoped that the hospital will be able to purchase the machine and bring it into use this year in Palmerston.

“Seeing smiling faces and receiving hugs from so many people that were so much a part of my mom is what it is all about for us,” said Christa Cherrey in a post on Facebook following the event. “We were raised surrounded by family and friends, and friends who are family, and we thank you for making this day so special for us… Thank you to all the golfers, volunteers, those who donated prizes, live and silent auction items, cash donations, hole sponsors, corporate sponsors - none of the tournaments success would be possible without all of you.”


This year’s MLF tournament also marked the end of an era, as Dave “Benny” Benn officially ended his tenure with the tournament committee.

Benn started with the event 28 years ago, back when it was the Special Olympics fundraising tournament. That event morphed in to the MLF 13 years ago, with Benn at the helm along with George Forrest.

During a brief speech at the MLF tournament, Benn encouraged the younger people in attendance to start volunteering in the community, as he sees a shortage of younger volunteers not just at the tournament, but at various other fundraisers and groups as well.

“It’s amazing the commitment he has given to this event, and to committee,” said Shaw. “The MLF tournament wouldn’t be where it is today without the contributions of Benny.”

by Mike Wilson - Minto Express

Harriston Boy 'paying it forward' to Palmerston and District Hospital

HARRISTON — Four-year-old Lawson King of Harriston has been through a lot the past few months.

On May 27, while playing in his backyard on the swings, he had an accident that resulted in two of his teeth being pulled and the bone in the roof of his mouth being surgically reattached.

“He was playing on the swings, on his belly like all kids do,” recalled his mother, Caitlin King. “Then the seat slid out, caught his face and he got hurt.”

Lawson, Caitlin and Lawson’s father, Trevor, rushed over to the Palmerston and District Hospital that night. Lawson, in shock from his injury, was comforted by two things that the staff at the hospital did: the doctor allowed him to watch the TV show Paw Patrol on his phone, and one of the emergency room nurses game him a teddy bear.

“He was so brave,” recalled Caitlin. “I get a canker and I am a wreck for a week, and here he was, in obvious pain, and he was so great.”

Lawson was sent to London, where a team surgically repaired his mouth, but it was the kindness of the staff at Palmerston that stuck with him.

Recently, Lawson asked his mother if they could go to Walmart and pick out some stuffed animals to give to the hospital.

“He just came and asked us one day if we could go and get some stuffed animals to give to the hospital, so that other boys and girls could feel better like he did,” recalled Caitlin. “I said, ‘Absolutely.’”

So, off to the store they went, where they bought two teddy bears — one boy and one girl — and dropped them off at the hospital on Aug. 4.

“I wanted to give the teddy bears in case another little boy or girls needs one when they’re at the hospital,” said Lawson.

Dale Franklin, development officer for the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation, said she loved the donation.

"I love this little donation from our pint-sized philanthropist," she said.

Today, that teddy Lawson got at the Palmerston hospital is still with him. The bear affectionately known as “TrevorCaitlin” sleeps with Lawson at night, and is by his side on long road trips to see family.

Caitlin said she couldn’t be prouder of Lawson.

“I cry every time I think about it, because it’s the sweetest thing,” she said. “Not a lot of kids do that. Obviously, when he got the teddy, it made a big impact on him. We couldn’t be prouder of him.”

by Mike Wilson from Minto Express

CKNX 16th Annual Health Care Heroes Radiothon A Big Success

This year’s CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon was another huge success.

Health Care Heroes - The total raised for area hospitals through the 2017 CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon stood at $321,000 and counting as the event wrapped up on Oct. 21. Station staff and volunteers gathered at the event included Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation development officer and radiothon chair Dale Franklin (front row, second from right) and Louise Marshall Hospital development officer Jane Ford (back row, seventh from left).

Hospitals in Palmerston and Mount Forest will benefit from a share of more than $300,000 raised during the 2017 CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon on Oct. 21. 

The annual radiothon event has a 16-year tradition of generating fundraising dollars to support medical equipment upgrades at eight area hospitals, including Palmerston and District Hospital (PDH) and Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest.

During the all-day broadcast on AM920, many donations were called in through six open phone lines, and some were hand delivered to the CKNX studio. These include some special gifts from local businesses including, West Wawanosh Mutual Insurance, Hay Mutual Insurance, Germania Mutual Insurance, Howick Mutual Insurance, and the Lucknow Kinsmen. All donated significant funds toward the event, states a press release from radiothon chair Dale Franklin, development officer for the PDH Foundation. 

The broadcast featured stories from hospital patients and descriptions of the urgent medical equipment needs at each hospital, including defibrillators, sterilization equipment, IV pumps, anesthetic machines, heart monitors and mobile x-ray machine.

When the radiothon went off air at 5pm, the grand total for the day was $321,427. 

This total will grow as the eight hospital foundations continue to collect contributions directly towards their projects until the end of the year.

Hospitals in Chesley, Goderich, Listowel, Seaforth and Wingham will also benefit from radiothon funds. 

Since it began in 2002, the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon has raised more than $10 million to sustain quality rural health care throughout the rural communities of mid-western Ontario.

Thank you to all those who continue to make this event an outstanding success each and every year.

Helping Hands Raffle Generates Thousands of Dollars For Local Charities

HARRISTON — The Palmerston and District Hospital, the Louise Marshall Hospital and the Saugeen Valley Children’s Safety Village recently received a $27,280 boost thanks to Germania Mutual Insurance and the thousands of people who purchased a Helping Hands Charity Raffle ticket.

The Helping Hands Charity Raffle draw took place Tuesday night, Oct. 11 at the Minto Fire Harriston station. Dan Hill, president and CEO of Germania, and Dale Franklin, development officer for the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation, conducted the draw that saw 10 lucky winners selected for more than $18,000 in prizes.

Germania purchased all of the prizes for the draw in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the local charities and do something a little different at the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo held in Harriston last month.

Hill said with the tens of thousands of people expected to attend the IPM, the company opted to raise funds for worthy causes as opposed to doing giveaways.

“Instead of giving away pens, we took that money and put it to good use,” he explained. “We decided to run a fundraising raffle and keep the money in the community and do good right here.”

The raffle also raised awareness of the work these organizations do in local communities and got people involved with a solid cause, Hill continued. He thanked the committee members, members of Minto Fire who volunteered, and said ticket-buyers were pleased to support the raffle.

“Once you mentioned it was for the hospitals, people were already getting their money out,” he said. “Fire prevention, safety and the Children’s Safety Village is something we’ve supported since it started, and the two hospitals are really no-brainers.”

“The charities applaud Germania for their innovative approach to helping children and local hospitals,” said Ford. “All the charities have been recipients of funding from Germania in the past and this continued corroboration is appreciated.”

The three charities will receive equal proceeds from the raffle. Originally a fourth charity, Minto Fire declined being a participant and instead assisted with the tent design and provided volunteers.

The winners of the raffle are:

  • • Toy John Deere tractor and wagon: Brian Bartley
  • • 12 V battery back-up sump pump: Grace Mulvey
  • • Toy John Deere Gator: Laverne Metzger
  • • Diamond Pro gas pressure washer: Bob Landis
  • • Poly Muskoka deck chairs and end table: Mike Ross
  • • Broil King Regal propane barbecue: Mandy Reigling
  • • Honda generator: Douglas French
  • • Cub Cadet riding lawn mower: Anna Czemiel
  • • $3,000 Transat travel gift card: Darrel Nanticoke
  • • 2016 Polaris Sportsman 450 ATV: Susan Scheerer

Minto Express by Shannon Burrows


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