The annual Health Foundation and GX94/FoxFM Radiothon had another record-breaking year, with $97,160 raised for new ultrasound equipment for the Yorkton Regional Hospital. The two day event, held on April 23 and 24, launched the campaign for the new equipment.
Ross Fisher, executive director of the Health Foundation, says the success of the event is a great launch for this year's campaign. He notes that there were 34 businesses which donated $1,000 or more to the cause, and that it grows every year.
The machine itself will be about $250,000, and Fisher says it'll be essential for offering new services and reducing wait times for tests.
New this year were McDonalds and the Yorkton Co-op participating in different ways. McDonalds gave a dollar from different food items sold on April 24, while the Co-op gave ten cents per gallon of gas. Fisher says both promotions were successful.
"McDonalds came in at about $1,000 and Co-op came in at about $5,100. That means people caught the show and it bumped sales for both of them, Co-op was up close to 25 per cent, and that's good," Fisher says.
Angie Norton, General Manager of GX94 and FoxFM, says that the event is something they're proud to be involved in and something they want to see grow well into the future.
"It's important for Harvard Broadcasting to be a contributor to all of the communities we serve. Each year everybody needs access to healthcare, if we can make our healthcare better in the Sunrise Health region then we're totally behind that," Norton says.