Annual ‘Light the Way’ campaign 2018 kicks off

The Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 2018 ‘Light the Way Campaign’ kicked off on Monday, November 12th at Southampton Hospital with the traditional tree lighting, speeches, song and refreshments.

Honorary Chair, Judy Rich, spoke about the importance of the work of the Foundation and the importance of this Campaign in particular. “This year, not only do we need to raise money for priority equipment at the Southampton Hospital, we are also contributing along with the other four foundations in Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) to the new MRI in Owen Sound regional hospital.”


‘Light the Way’ campaign hopes to raise $150,000 needed for Southampton’s medical equipment needs and IT software for patients’ health records.

         Cydney Morris

The kickoff was a wonderful way to start the fundraising. Flashlights lit up the November evening as guest vocalist, Cydney Morris, along with members of the Chantry Singers, gave a performance of “This Little Light of Mine.”

It was a fitting beginning to a campaign that intends to shine its brightest light on healthcare for the weeks to come.

    Chantry Singers were joined by Mayor Mike Smith (Far L) and Foundation Chair Jim Barbour 

Mayor Mike Smith, who is retiring, also attended the kickoff, declaring December 13th as the official Light the Way Day.  “I will be leaving  with mixed emotions,” he said  “but we have a new Council, great Staff and a new Executive Director here at the Foundation and I wish them all the best.  This community is very supportive of the hospital and I suspect that will continue.”

Mayor Elect Luke Charbonneau

Incoming Mayor Luke Charbonneau also said that its been demonstrated that the community often comes together and achieves great things.  “It’s thanks to the community and the Foundation that we have this facility and health care close to home.”

Brian Longmire, morning show host of 98 the Beach, is pleased to be a part of Light the way Day as Bayshore Broadcasting hosts the Foundation’s third annual Radiothon on December 13th.  “I believe in the cause of the Foundation, and I’m happy to play my part in whatever way possible.”  The Radiothon goal is $50,000 again this year.

Co-chairs John Divinski and Jennifer Tuer expressed their hopes for the campaign, as well as appreciation for everyone who showed up to make the kick-off a success.

“The Foundation appreciates the hard work of its staff and volunteers, as well as the support it gets from the community.  ‘Light the Way’ campaign letters have been now been sent out to the community.  We hope you will take the time to read the letter and patient story and help us make this the best ‘Light the Way’ yet!”

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