The Kincardine Hospital Foundation has launched a major fundraising campaign, with the goal of raising $3.5 million dollars to fund the purchase of much-needed medical equipment not funded by the government. Equipment includes monitors, scopes, two ultrasound machines and accessories, among other items.
Diane Baldwin, coordinator for the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation says the 50/50 online draw is a 12-month campaign, with draws held each month. Proceeds from each draw will be split between the winning ticket holder and the foundation. The first draw will be held on Nov. 17 at 9 a.m.
COVID has interfered with so many events not-for-profit groups have depended on to raise money and the hospital foundation is no different. It has also prevented the Foundation from getting out into the community and mingling with donors the way they have in the past. Volunteers armed with bedpans to collect donations and stationed at local businesses, for example, have been put on hold until restrictions are lifted.
“We’ve had to cancel many of our fundraising events, the radio-thon and the charity golf tournament held by Bruce Power,” said Baldwin. “The community has been fantastic (by continuing to contribute) but we don’t get to see them face-to-face, so of course our donations are down.”
This strictly online fundraiser allows residents the opportunity to safely purchase their tickets online and continue to assist the hospital. Baldwin said “we thought because of COVID, we would do a simpler fundraiser.”
Tickets for the fundraiser are available at three price points. Ten tickets can be purchased for $10, 50 tickets for $20 and $40 will buy you 200 chances to win.
Tickets can be purchased through the website https://www.kincardinefoundation5050.ca/. The upcoming draw closes on Nov. 16.
Tammy Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent