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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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