Auxiliary an amazing force for local health needs
by Sandy Lindsay

December 1, 2016


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Saugeen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
listens to a report by Jim Barbour, Hospital Foundation Board member

Auxiliary an Amazing force of fundraising

Jim Barbour(Foundation Vice Chair)  and Jonna Ebel (Chair of Hospital Foundation) receive Auxiliary donation from Ann Vevaya-Divinski, Auxiliary President

Saugeen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has proven once again that it is an amazing force when it comes to providing support for the local hospital foundation and regional health.

Over the past year, the group of women, most retired, have raised $35,848 through a variety of means including the annual one-day 'tag day' which is its major fundraising initiative and that raised more than $10,000 this year.

The provincial government provides no funds for hospital equipment and, therefore, a large portion of the Auxiliary monies ($20,000) will go toward hospital equipment and $15,848 will go toward regional cardiac monitoring equipment for Grey Bruce Health Services.  In addition, the Auxiliary provided approximately $2,800 for Nurses' new furnishings that had to be upgraded to a more sanitary style that is easily cleaned.

When it comes to the Auxiliary, Dorothy Ribey is an indication of what the organization is all about.  Since 1948, she has been an Auxiliary member and continues to lead by example.

Each year, she continues to preserve and make jams and jellies.  This  year, Ribey created a basket filled with her delicious preserves that was a draw prize for members at their recent meeting.

 The meeting was held Tuesday, November 29th, at the Southampton Rotary Scout Hall and Jim Barbour (Vice Chair of the Hospital Foundation) highlighted on-going fundraising efforts by the Foundation, including this year's GEM (Give Every Month) campaign.

Jim Barbour

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Barbour indicated the several methods that are available for donating to the the local hospital and, thereby, keeping health care 'close to home' in a local facility.

The annual 'Light the Way' campaign is also underway now to raise the $150,000 goal needed for new beds, new patient monitoring equipment, laser equipment for cataract surgery, software for increased communication between doctors, the 'Humphrey' digital field analyzer for vision and an ultra-sound processing unit. 

In addition to the campaign having its first Honourary Chair, John Divinski of Bayshore Radio, something else new has been added this year.  On December 15th from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the first 'Light the Way Day Radiothon' is being held at 98theBeach in Port Elgin.

Everyone is invited to call in to the station or to drop by the studio on Goderich Street in Port Elgin.

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