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‘Just Imagine’ in final stretch

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The “Just Imagine” campaign has less than $100,000 to go to reach its goal of $1.5 million for the purchase of a CT Scanner, it was announced yesterday.

More than $100,000 was raised in the past two weeks, bringing the grand total to $1,402,000.

“We are ecstatic,” said campaign chair Deane Cunningham. “I can’t help but think of Bill Michl right now and how he must have felt with less than 10 km to go on his 90 km run.

“That’s right about where we are now in dollars and I just want to reiterate that if he can do it, we can do it!”

The “Just Imagine” campaign kicked off Oct. 20 with Michl running almost 100 km from Rainy River to Fort Frances. Since that time, more than 50 volunteers across Rainy River District have been working hard to raise awareness and support for a CT Scanner.

“We couldn’t do it without the volunteers,” noted Teresa Hazel, executive director of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care.

“They are the vital link to the success of this campaign and to the Foundation,” she stressed.

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care was established in September, 1997 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

“We still have founding board members involved in some way . . . people like Clare Brunetta, who was the founding chair, Larry Cousineau, and Joan Allison,” Hazel noted.

“They, and all volunteers, are instrumental to the success of the Foundation and to improving health care in Rainy River District”.

The public is invited to celebrate at this year’s “Official Oscar Party,” which is taking place this Sunday (Feb. 25) at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.

Call 274-4803 to reserve your seat.

If you would like to make a donation or pledge to the “Just Imagine” campaign, call the Foundation office at 274-4803 or mail-in your cheque to: “Just Imagine” Campaign, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2B7.

Cheques also may be dropped off at La Verendrye Hospital, the Emo Health Centre, or the Rainy River Health Centre.

Cheques may be made payable to Riverside Foundation for Health Care or the “Just Imagine” campaign.

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