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‘Radio-a-thon’ a huge success


“Just imagine how much money we can raise in one day!”

When organizers selected that name for its “radio-a-thon” yesterday morning, they didn’t imagine the total would surpass $180,000.

“We didn’t know what to anticipate,” said Deane Cunningham, chairman of the “Just Imagine” fundraising campaign to purchase a CT Scanner for La Verendrye Hospital here.

The campaign is now $181,000 closer to its goal of $1.5 million thanks to the generous support received during the “radio-a-thon,” which aired on B•93 FM from 6-10 a.m. from the hospital cafeteria.

“Now, we’ve only got less than $320,000 left,” enthused Cunningham.

The “radio-a-thon,” provided in-kind by B•93 FM, started with a lead gift of $5,000 and quickly gained momentum throughout the morning.

“We went from $9,445 to $81,415 between 7:30 and 8:30 [a.m.],” noted Teresa Hazel, director of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care. “It was just incredible!”

When the “radio-a-thon” went off the air at 10:15 a.m., the total had climbed to $155,555.

It didn’t end there, though.

“We continued to get calls and by the end of the day, we had another $26,000 for a grand total of $181,000,” said Hazel.

The successful “radio-a-thon” adds another accomplishment to a campaign that’s been filled with incredible accomplishments.

It was back on Oct. 20 when Bill Michl kicked off the campaign by running 60 miles in one day from Rainy River to Fort Frances.

He accomplished this in less than 10 hours and by the end of the day, the campaign total was at an astonishing $300,000.

In less than three months, the campaign reached its million-dollar mark due to the generosity of individuals, businesses, service clubs, and organizations across the district.

“The end is in sight,” said Hazel with a sigh of relief.

“We’ve told Riverside CEO Wayne Woods to start preparing the purchase order,” she chuckled.

The “Just Imagine” campaign is trying to raise $1.5 million to purchase a CT Scanner for Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. for the benefit of all residents and visitors of Rainy River District.

A room to accommodate the scanner was incorporated into the Phase IV renovation project that was completed back in June.

Current diagnostic imaging staff will be trained to operate the scanner and the ongoing operating costs will be absorbed within Riverside’s current operating budget.

If you would like more information about the “Just Imagine” campaign or would like to make a pledge or a donation, call 274-4803.

Pledges/donations also can be mailed to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2B7, or they can be dropped off at the Emo Health Centre, Rainy River Health Centre, and La Verendrye Hospital.

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