Toonies for TOM tallies up a resounding success

                  The Toonie Trail created by artists of the Southampton Art School

When Southampton Rotary decided to hold a fundraiser for the Bring TOM to Town CT Scanner, they went back into history to a 1947 fundraiser.

The fundraiser was an initiative of Southampton resident Marnie Cammidge, who at age 11, began the movement to have a local hospital.

(L-R) Rotarian Sylvia Sheard, Tracy Murray (Exec. Dir hospital foundation), Rotarian Tony Sheard and James Songack ,V-P Operations Bruce Power

Following in the footsteps of Cammidge, Southampton Rotary carried out the Toonies for TOM fundraiser on Sunday, June 12th (2022).  Daughter Kate Cammidge-Irwin was the first to toss a toonie and start the travel along High St. (figuratively).

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                        Southampton downtown was a pedestrian walkway for the fundraiser

High Street, thanks to the Town of Saugeen Shores, was closed to traffic and allowed pedestrian traffic only, music, games for children and activities that included ‘touch a truck’ that allowed them to clamber aboard a variety of vehicles.

The day was centered around the Toonies for TOM campaign where toonies were the accepted form of payment for the day.

   Tracy Murray, Exec. Dir. of the Hospital        Foundation was in charge of the ‘Plinko’                            game for children

James Scongack, Chair of the Bring TOM to Town fundraising campaign said that a CT scanner is “… not a nice to have, it is a MUST have.  This campaign started in October with a three million dollar goal and we are now at $2.5 in what has been a massive community effort.  Every dollar raised toward the CT scanner will save a life.”

(L) Mayor Luke Charbonneau, Kate Cammidge-Irwin, James Scongack and Toonie day                               organizer Rotarian Tony Sheard

Despite a cloudy day with periods of fog and rain sprinkled, the community was out in full support. Earlier in the week, organizers Rotarians Tony and Sylvia Sheard said that they hoped the event would raise $5,000 toward the much-needed CT Scanner.

Much to their surprise, at the end of the day on Sunday’s FUNdraiser, the total was  $15,000!