A new record was set during Friday’s Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation’s annual gala.
The evening’s goal was to raise $90,000 for a point of care ultrasound for the B-T-H-C emergency room which will improve the ER staff’s ability to diagnose and treat critical medical conditions. “I understand it’s a portable unit that they’ll be able to move around within the hospital, so it will be a very nice addition for the entire Boundary Trails,” said Foundation Chair Grant Thiessen.
Thiessen says although $90,000 is a big goal, the generous crowd delivered, raising approximately $87,000, a new record for the banquet.
“That is absolutely fantastic and we’re just so pleased how the communality supports our event. We sometimes talk about making some changes, and I say you know what, we sell this out. This is pretty good.”
Knowing how successful the event is year after year, Thiessen says they don’t ever want to take it for granted. However, they know the need for healthcare is something that will come into all our lives at one time or another, and that’s why people continue to support the cause so generously.
In addition to some other programs and equipment purchases, the foundation also funds the hospital’s spiritual care and palliative care programs at B-T-H-C as well.
Meanwhile, Thiessen says when the time comes, the foundation’s fundraising for the hospital expansion will go into full steam.
“Our target is still as it’s been. We knew we needed to get through the fall election,” said Thiessen. “It’s really in the hands of government right now to get an announcement. But the issue is when we get the announcement, not if, we will be put into high gear quickly for a major, major fundraising activity.”
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